The authoritative source on
  early churches of New Jersey

About this site
We've created a database and photographic inventory on more than half the 18th & 19th century churches in the state and add to it each month. We welcome and solicit all contributions and suggestions from our visitors.

How to use this site
Post a query
Respond to readers' queries
Consult the database
Annotate the database
Upload a photo
Suggest a church for inclusion

List of churches, by county

Photographic notes
Links to related sites

   Photographic Inventory

Zion Lutheran Church
Oldwick, Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County


The oldest Lutheran church in the state, this stucco-over-stone building was erected in 1749. The congregation was formed in 1714 by a few German families moving west from the Millstone Valley in Somerset County. The church has been much altered in the last 250 years; the roof was originally hipped and the door was on the long side. There would have been no Gothic windows then, and of course, no Greek Revival details or Victorian belfry. The history of the church, along with its original charter, is well-documented. This church was the responsibility of Reverend Muhlenberg, whose son became a General In Washington's army.




Copyright (c) 2001 Frank L. Greenagel