Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Freehold

Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund
Level II Capital Grant
Grant Award: $312,731 (1997); $137,774 (2000)
Grant Recipient: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Freehold
County: Monmouth
Municipality: Freehold Borough

St. Peter's Church was built between 1771 and 1806 by Robert Smith, a leading colonial architect and builder. This Georgian-style structure is one of the only five eighteenth-century church structures still standing in New Jersey. In addition, St. Peter's is a rare example of Robert Smith's innovative truss design in a timber frame church.

The most recent Trust grant helped fund the restoration of the church’s steeple and replacement of the failing roof systems on the church and chapel. A 1997 Trust grant helped fund structural stabilization and some exterior restoration. In addition to its weekly services, the church provides extensive outreach to the community by providing meals, managing a thrift shop and preschool, and providing on-site counseling.

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