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Readington Reformed Church
Readington Township, Hunterdon County

The church was founded about 1718 and this building erected in 1865. This grand structure is the successor to the little log church in North Branch, about three miles away, and as such, it is one of the earliest congregations in Hunterdon County. The deed for the land, sitting in Readington Village just across from Holland Brook, is dated 1738 and the record shows that Reverend Frelinghuysen, who was instrumental in the start of the Great Awakening, preached here on October 7, 1739 and continued through his death in 1750. The second church, a two-story frame building with long narrow windows reaching to the roof, served 95 years, until 1833, when it was replaced by a second frame church, which burned in 1864. The congregation resolved to rebuild immediately and specified a 56 by 76 foot plan with a “spire starting from ground and extend in front of the building."
     The building is sheathed in aluminum siding now, but otherwise remain much as it was when it was built.




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