Issue No. 1  April 2001
   The authoritative source on
  early churches in New Jersey

About this site
We've created a database and photographic inventory on more than half the 18th & 19th century churches in the state and add to it each month. We welcome and solicit all contributions and suggestions from our visitors.

How to use this site
Post a Query
Respond to readers' queries
Consult the database
Annotate the database
Upload a photo
Suggest a church for inclusion

List of churches, by county

Photographic notes
Links to related sites



  I'd like to nominate a church as endangered

All over the state there are church buildings that are slowly, or not so slowly, crumbling into ruin. Some still house an active congregation while many have been abandoned, are up for sale or already are in use as commercial venues. Even a few standing stone walls, unstabilized, are of interest. Many are modest structures, but a few are pretty grand, or have an exceptional feature or two. Are all worth saving? Perhaps not, but all are worth preserving in memory by documenting and photographing. At the minimum, our purpose is to document the New Jersey churchscape as it existed in the year 2001, and to assist preservation efforts, if they exist, in their work.
     To that end, we hope that readers will nominate churches for inclusion. We will research the church, photograph it and post the information here. Depending upon the number of submissions we get, we may have to select from among them, but our intent is to be inclusive—a modest frame building in Salem, now housing several families, once served as the first Methodist Episcopal church in the 1820s—that building is as worthy of note as the grand stone Presbyterian church, now housing a social service agency, built in the 1890s on a corner in Newark. We do need your assistance in locating these buildings before they disappear.

[The input functions have not been enabled yet; we're still working out the criteria and guidelines, as well as some security issues. In the meantime, please send any information as an email to]


   Built before 1900? In New Jersey? Built originally as a house of worship? Please note why you believe it is endangered.

before you submit
    checklist: address of church, name of church, have you contacted the preacher?

your name, e-mail, telephone


Name of the church/synagogue






Copyright © 2001 Frank L. Greenagel