Old Church, New Jersey

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Old Church, New Jersey
Historic Dey Farm in Old Church
Historic Dey Farm in Old Church
Old Church, New Jersey is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Old Church, New Jersey
Old Church, New Jersey
Location of Old Church in Middlesex County Inset: Location of county within the state of New Jersey
Old Church, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
Old Church, New Jersey
Old Church, New Jersey
Old Church, New Jersey (New Jersey)
Old Church, New Jersey is located in the United States
Old Church, New Jersey
Old Church, New Jersey
Old Church, New Jersey (the United States)
Coordinates: 40°17′29″N 74°27′47″W / 40.29139°N 74.46306°W / 40.29139; -74.46306Coordinates: 40°17′29″N 74°27′47″W / 40.29139°N 74.46306°W / 40.29139; -74.46306
Country United States
State New Jersey
CountyMiddlesex
TownshipMonroe
Elevation125 ft (38 m)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
GNIS feature ID878954[1]

Old Church is an unincorporated community located within Monroe Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States.[2] The settlement is named for a Presbyterian community that settled on the site but relocated to Cranbury c. 1740.[3] Originally, the area was farmland.[4] One of the farms in the area was the Dey Farm, in existence since the founding of Monroe Township in 1838 and the site of a command post used by George Washington during the Battle of Monmouth in 1778.[5] Starting in 2004, the area experienced a major change from its agricultural roots to single-family residences on the south side of the area and age-restricted communities to the north.[6] This redevelopment also caused the severing of the main north–south road, Old Church Road and the extension of Federal Road which formerly had its western end at Old Church Road to Applegarth Road.[7] The a farmhouse named England House was moved 4,000 feet (1,200 m) to the Dey Farm site to preserve the area's history prior to the construction of the new houses in 2004.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Old Church". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed February 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "History of Cranbury". Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society. 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2015. In July 1739 James Rochead sold land adjoining the mill property "to be the use of the Elders and Deacons of the Presbyterian Church." The community had moved from Old Church in Monroe Township to Cranberry Town where they then erected the First Presbyterian Church in 1740.
  4. ^ "Aerial view of Old Church". Historic Aerials. 2002. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  5. ^ Morrison, Stella (October 3, 2013). "Monroe's Dey Farm: A treasure trove of history". Sentinel. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Dome, Jennifer (May 20, 2004). "Historical treasure saved from bulldozer". Sentinel. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  7. ^ Google (August 29, 2015). "Aerial view of Old Church" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved August 29, 2015.