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Sterling Presbyterian Church
Sterling, Long Hill Township, Morris County

I have come to expect that the late nineteenth century county histories like Munsell and Snell will overlook some of the black churches and even the Unitarians and the Campbellites, but to miss a Presbyterian church is surely a cardinal sin. But the Sterling Presbyterian church, although organized by 1873, is nowhere to be found in Munsell.
     The chapel appears to be virtually square and it has a hipped roof, which was common in the early part of the eighteenth century but quite unusual in a late nineteenth century church. There was an elaborate bargeboard in the gable where the entrance is, but otherwise the church does not appear to have changed much in this century. The building was erected between 1872 and 1874.




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