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Amwell First English Presbyterian Church at Reaville
Reaville, Raritan Township, Hunterdon County


Unless you have a detailed map, Reaville won't easily be found, as it is little more than a crossroads southeast of Flemington. But this congregation, organized in 1738, hosted a gathering of some 7,000 people to hear Reverend George Whitefield, perhaps the foremost preacher of the Second Great Revival. That open air meeting was among the similar revival meetings that led to a split in the Presbyterian church between the "Old Lights" (the more traditional branch) and the "New Lights," who wanted an oral confession or testimony before admission to full membership. The wood frame building was erected in 1838, (some say rebuilt from the original church) and remodeled in 1883.




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