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First Presbyterian Church
Stillwater, Stillwater Township, Sussex County


It is a delight to see a well-maintained early 19th century wooden building like this one. The First Presbyterian church was organized in 1769 and this church was erected in 1838. The windows have Gothic arches, with great Gothic-arch shutters, but the pediment and pilasters are taken from the Greek Revival idiom. The open belfry, from a later period, completes the picture.
      German Lutheran and Calvinist (presumably German Reformed, but possibly Presbyterian) settlers combined to form a Union church about 1768, a not-uncommon occurrence in that era. In 1769 it was known as the Luther Congregation of Hardwick. A stone building was erected in 1771, which served the congregation until 1837, when it was pulled down. In the meantime, the congregation affiliated with the Presbyterian church, perhaps in 1816.




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