The Presbyterian Church in Westfield has been an integral part of our history since its early beginnings. The Westfield Historical Society will open their new exhibit, “A Visual Walk Through Time of The Presbyterian Church” on April 3, from 1-3 pm at the Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center, 314 Mountain Avenue, Westfield NJ 07090.
Did you know the Presbyterian Church in Westfield (PCW) is the ONLY Church in the history of the United States, which held a public trial where a man was tried by a jury, and convicted of murder? Did you know that a famous British General camped with hundreds of troops during the Revolutionary War in the old sanctuary? How could the bell, located in the belfry of the church and heard ringing loudly each Sunday morning, have been stolen by the British? Did you see the church when it was cut in half?
The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, along with the Burial Grounds of the West Fields of Elizabethtown, have played an important role in the community from its earliest foundations right up to the present day. Come by the Reeve House on April 3 to learn the rest of the stories and more!
The exhibit, researched by local volunteers Nancy Cunliffe and Carey Golden, will feature period artifacts and a “visual” tour of the rich history that began in a meetinghouse made of logs and progressed through the renovations and acquisitions that have transformed this place of worship and its cemetery into historical landmarks in Westfield today.
For further information about the upcoming Presbyterian Church exhibit next month call 908 654-1794, visit www.westfieldhistoricalsociety.org or check in at our Facebook page.