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Scotch Plains Baptist Church
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General information
Architectural style Gingerbread Ruskinian Gothic
Town or city Park Avenue, Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Country United States
Construction started 1870 (for present church)
Completed c.1740 (for 1st church)
c.1816 (for 2nd church)
1870 (for 3rd and present church)
Demolished 1816 (fire--1st church)
Client Scotch Plains Baptist Church
Technical details
Structural system Masonry brick with Ohio stone dressing
Scotch Plains Baptist Church, Parsonage, and Cemetery
Location 333-347 Park Ave.
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Architect Thomas A. Roberts
Architectural style Late Victorian: Gothic; Colonial: Georgian
NRHP reference No. 13000386
Added to NRHP June 14, 2013

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.


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. The original church dated from the early 18th century. After a fire, it was rebuilt around 1816. The present church was built in 1871 in a Gingerbread Ruskinian Gothic style “made of pressed brick with Ohio stone and white brick trimmings.”

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.

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

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