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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.