Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Old Bergen Church of Jersey City

New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program
Grant Award: $540,620 (1997)
Grant Recipient: Old Bergen Church of Jersey City
County: Hudson
Municipality: Jersey City

Old Bergen Church of Jersey City is home to what most historians consider the oldest continuing religious congregation in New Jersey. The existing church stands on the site of the original 1680 church and a later 1773 church building. The existing brownstone sanctuary was constructed in 1841 in the Greek Revival style, incorporating materials from both of the earlier churches.

The Trust grant helped fund repairs to the deteriorating brownstone, roof replacement, restoration of the exterior trim, repair of the belfry, and lightning protection. The congregation of Old Bergen plans to restore the church to its earliest documented appearance.

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