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First Presbyterian Church of Whippany
Hanover Township, Morris County


This fine early wood frame building, the second on the site, was erected in 1834. Its form can be compared to the Presbyterian churches in Chatham and Rockaway. The congregation was organized in 1710 according to some records, but the historical record is a bit confusing.
     Hanover Township, which then included Whippany and Parsippany, was settled before 1700, most certainly by Puritans from Newark, Elizabeth and New England. The first church, erected in the region, a Presbyterian one, was in Whippany in 1718, and 40 years later the congregation decided to abandon that building and erect two new churches, one on this site in Hanover and the other on the old burying ground in Parsippany. They subsequently disbanded the congregation in Parsippany and sold the building to the Reformed congregation in Boonton, then in the 1850s, organized anew and build a new church.

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