BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church celebrates a landmark anniversary this year, honoring 300 years of history as Basking Ridge's oldest organization, predating both the Revolutionary War and the founding of the Township of Bernardston itself in 1760.
This Saturday, June 10, is the 300th anniversary parade
A 300th anniversary parade is scheduled for 2 p.m. this Saturday, June 10, to step off at Ridge High School at 268 S. Finley Ave., and proceed to the church at 1 East Oak Street in downtown Basking Ridge. The Ridge High School Marching Band will participate in the procession.
Beforehand, re-enactors are scheduled to appear at 12:30 p.m. at a tour of the church cemeteries, including the historic churchyard by the side of the main building where until April, the township's 600-year-old white oak tree towered over the center of town.
Alongside the tree, the first house of worship on the site was a log cabin erected by Scotch-Irish farmers about 1717. It was replaced by a clapboard frame building, until that too, was sold and removed. The first phase of the current building, a new church in classic Greek revival architecture, was constructed in 1838, according to the church website.
A special 300th anniversary service of worship is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. this Sunday, June 11, with Rev. Bob Beringer as special guest speaker. Past pastors Cal Jackson, Jim Morris, and Al Tisdale are scheduled to assist with the service, and Mary Lou Stevens also will be helping to lead worship.
A catered family picnic is scheduled to be held afterward at noon at Ross Farm at 135 N. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.