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First Presbyterian Church of Springfield
Springfield, Union County

This early (1791) meetinghouse can be glimpsed from Interstate 78, but it's worth a detour to take in the elegance of the construction. The church was rebuilt after it had been torched by British troops on their retreat from battle a short distance away.
     In form, this is the classic Protestant meetinghouse church, which can be seen in The Second Presbyterian church in Elizabeth, built of brick 40 years later and in the Connecticut Farms Presbyterian church, built of stone eight years earlier. The Reformed churches in Blawenburg and Hillsborough Reformed Church at Millstone are very similar, as well.
     Springfield was originally part of settlements that included Summit and New Providence, and this congregation was formed by 1737. The first church was erected by 1746, and the second one a dozen or more years later. This is the third church on the site.

     National Register, of course.




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