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The Presbyterian Church in Morristown

The Presbyterian Church in Morristown began as a gathering place along The Morristown Green in 1733. King George II of England issued the church a charter in 1738 and by 1742, Reverend Timothy Johnes was enlisted as its first pastor. When a smallpox epidemic broke out during the Revolutionary War, the church served as a hospital. A window in the church sanctuary depicts the time George Washington received the Sacrament of Holy Communion during an outdoor service. In 1816, the church deeded land to a group of trustees for the purposes of creating a common area, which is now the Morristown Green.

The graveyard, which was officially founded in 1733, has 1,640 interments on record, the earliest dating back to 1731, including 71 Revolutionary War soldiers. The graveyard serves as a valuable historic record of local Colonial-era life.

Of Special Note:

  • In 1840, a controversy split the congregation, resulting in the South Street Presbyterian Church in 1841
  • In 1816, the church deeded land to a group of trustees for the purpose of creating a common area
  • The graveyard contains many fine and varied examples of tombstone art spanning 300 years
Contact info

Church on the Green: Sanctuary, Chapel, Howard House - 57 East Park Place * Morristown * NJ 07960 Parish House: Offices, Education, Activities - 65 South Street (mailing address) * Morristown * NJ 07960

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