Scotch Plains Baptist Church

Scotch Plains Baptist Church is a historic Baptist church located at Park Avenue in Scotch Plains, New Jersey. The associated nearby Old Baptist Parsonage is a historic church parsonage, located at 347 Park Avenue, which was built in 1786 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[2]

Scotch Plains Baptist Church
SCOTCH PLAINS BAPTIST CHURCH, PARSONAGE, AND CEMETERY; UNION COUNTY.jpg
General information
Architectural styleGingerbread Ruskinian Gothic
Town or cityPark Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey
CountryUnited States
Construction started1870 (for present church)[1]
Completedc.1740 (for 1st church)[1]
c.1816 (for 2nd church)[1]
1870 (for 3rd and present church)[1]
Demolished1816 (fire--1st church)[1]
ClientScotch Plains Baptist Church
Technical details
Structural systemMasonry brick with Ohio stone dressing[1]
Scotch Plains Baptist Church, Parsonage, and Cemetery
Scotch Plains Baptist Church is located in Union County, New Jersey
Scotch Plains Baptist Church
Scotch Plains Baptist Church is located in New Jersey
Scotch Plains Baptist Church
Scotch Plains Baptist Church is located in the United States
Scotch Plains Baptist Church
Location333-347 Park Ave.
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Coordinates40°39′9″N 74°23′59″W / 40.65250°N 74.39972°W / 40.65250; -74.39972
ArchitectThomas A. Roberts
Architectural styleLate Victorian: Gothic; Colonial: Georgian
NRHP reference No.13000386[2]
Added to NRHPJune 14, 2013

HistoryEdit

The present church is located in an American Revolutionary War-era cemetery known as "God’s Little Acre", with Watchung Mountains-quarried brown sandstone grave markers dating back to 1742.[1] The original church dated from the early 18th century. After a fire, it was rebuilt around 1816.[1] The present church was built in 1871 in a Gingerbread Ruskinian Gothic style “made of pressed brick with Ohio stone and white brick trimmings.”[1]

Burid the church's cemetery is Caesar, who died on February 7, 1806 at 104 years of age. He was born in Africa and brought to America as a slave. He was freed from slavery in 1769. During the Revolutionary War Caesar drove a wagon and delivered supplies to the Continental troops at Blue Hills Fort and Camp.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Bousquet, R; S. Bousquet (1995). Scotch Plains and Fanwood. Images of America. Dover, New Hampshire: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-6318-8.
  2. ^ a b "Scotch Plains Baptist Church, Parsonage, and Cemetery; National Register of Historic Places Program". National Park Service. Retrieved August 30, 2017.

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Coordinates: 40°39′09″N 74°23′59″W / 40.6526°N 74.3998°W / 40.6526; -74.3998