Federated Church

Federated Church of Chester

Federated Church of Chester (front)
Federated Church of Chester (reverse)


Federated Church and Chapel (1851), Chester, N.J., postcard, 1947.

The building housing the Federated Church of Chester began as a Presbyterian church on Main Street in 1851. Prior to that building, in 1750, William Larison donated land on Pleasant Hill for a church and burial ground (Pleasant Hill Cemetery still exists on the location). The church became federated in 1918 when the Methodist and Presbyterian churches suffered economic difficulties. Eventually, the Methodists were subsumed into what later became known as the Community Presbyterian Church.

Aurthur Appleby of Mt. Rodd in Mendham, N.J. penned this postcard to Milton R. Wildermuth at 360 Market Street in Sunbury, Penn. He writes, “Hello Pal Enjoyed your articles in PCCM. Is this new to your collection? Can get you some churches in black & white of Mendham N.J. & Bernardsville. If you want them drop a card. I also like church & LL cards.”


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