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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
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
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
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.