Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Historic Site Management Grant
Capital Preservation Grant, Level II
Capital Preservation Grant, Level I
Grant Award: $49,770 (2004); $750,000 (2006); $290,202 (2008); $79,242 (2010)
Grant Recipient: First Presbyterian Church
County: Union
Municipality: Elizabeth

The Presbyterian Church is connected to the history of the Revolutionary War through its outspoken revolutionary minister and because a signer of the Declaration of Independence is buried in its cemetery. After a severe fire, the church was restored in the 1940s to its 18th century appearance. In 2008 the missing steeple was reconstructed. Bordered on two sides by the county offices and courts, the cemetery and church grounds are used as a lunch picnic park by the community.

The 2010 grant helped fund the last phase of cemetery preservation. Previous grants are helping fund exterior restoration of the church, restoration of headstones in the cemetery and rehabilitation of the parish house as a visitor and community center.

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