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Eliza Stoddard Memorial Chapel
Succussana, Morris County
was erected in 1886 to
commemorate the daughter of a local parishioner who died at the age of 18. It
sits adjacent to the First Presbyterian church and now serves as the church offices,
although the sanctuary of the chapel remains as it was built. It is rather an
interesting building, more civic in nature than ecclesiastical, but clearly one
for which there is some special significance.
There are at least a half dozen chapels, mostly
attached, anciliary to area churches, each of them built or financed, I believe,
by a single
donor. They are usually
erected some years after the building of the main church, but occasionally precede
it, intended to serve the congregation until a larger edifice could be built.
The chapels are usually used for Sunday School, or for weekly meetings not involving
the entire congregation. Their real intent, of course, was as a conspicuous way
of asserting the donor’s affluence and standing in the community.