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First Presbyterian Church
Orange, Essex County

This is a large stone Gothic Revival building, erected about 1870. It is now used by two additional congregations, one that was really rocking as I visited one Sunday morning. Here is the account of the church from the new jersey Historical Society:

The Orange First Presbyterian Church was formed in 1719 under the name, The Church at Newark Mountains, since Orange was a part of Newark at the time. As residents who belonged to the First Presbyterian Church in Newark moved to the mountains west of the city, it became apparent that another Presbyterian church would need to be built. In 1748, the Church at Newark Mountains became a Presbyterian congregation, and adopted a new name, The Second Presbyterian Church of Newark. Eventually, this settlement separated from the town of Newark; the new municipality was given the name of Orange. Consequently, the church changed its name in 1811 to the Orange First Presbyterian Church. In 1832, since most members of the First Presbyterian Church had relocated to more distant parts of Orange, it again became necessary to form a new Presbyterian congregation. As a result, the Second Presbyterian Church of Orange was formed in 1832.

See also Wickes, Stephen. Ten years' history of the First Presbyterian Church, Orange, New Jersey. Newark, N.J., n.p., 1877.




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