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  early churches of New Jersey

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Old Tennent Meetinghouse
near Freehold, Monmouth County


Set on the edge of the Monmouth battlefield, the church was used as a hospital following the battle. It was built in 1751 by a Scotch Presbyterian congregation that was organized in 1692, apparently the oldest Presbyterian congregation in the country. With the possible exception of a front entrance, the structure appears to be little altered, inside or out. The church has been known by a variety of names over the last two-and-a-half centuries, but the one that seems to have stuck came from one of the famous Tennent brothers who were preachers here in the 18th century, and among the earliest factors in what became known as the Great Awakening.
      National Register. One of the most important old churches in the state. The setting is exceptional, and a tour of the old grave markers is fascinating.




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