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Presbyterian services have been conducted in the Perrineville
area since 1785, and sometime between 1788 and 1796 land was
purchased on which to build a church. It took 40 years before the
community could raise sufficient money to finish the building they
had begun. Services were nevertheless held regularly every four
weeks on Friday, and ministers of other Protestant denominations (mostly
Methodists) made use of the pulpit at other times. In 1826
the church was formally organized, and the original building was
finished and enlarged. It was enlarged again in 1856 and used
until 1884 when it was destroyed by fire. In that year the present
building was erected at a cost of $6,000.
The four-story tower with its two pair of windows
are the most
interesting feature, but the building also has unusual buttresses along
the sides. There is a narrow skirt roof where the tower intersects the
roofline, and brackets at that point and above support the pyramidal
roof of the tower.