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St Peter's [Episcopal] Church
Washington, Warren County



I drove past St Peter's several times, not bothering to stop as I was sure from its appearance that it was erected well into the twentieth century. In that I was mistaken, as this building was put up in 1886 and is largely unchanged since. I saw a 1907 postcard and it appears the same as today.
     About 1840 there was an Episcopal chapel in Port Colden, a couple of miles east of town. With the growth of Washington, residents looked for a local site to build a church. In their efforts to organize, they apparently had the assistance of Christ Church in Newton by 1862, as this was regarded as a mission of that church. The congregation rented the first schoolhouse in town (the building still stands at the corner of Washington Avenue and School Street) until sometime after 1882, when they bought the current property on South Broad Street and built this interestingly modern church four years later. The architect was William Halsey Wood, who also designed the wonderful Peddie Memorial Baptist Church in Newark.
     
There is an essentially identical Episcopal church, built a couple years later in Mantaloking—certainly also the product of Wood.
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