Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016
MORRIS FREEHOLDERS AWARD HISTORIC PLAQUE TO FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF BOONTON FOR RESTORING 1859 CHURCH THAT HAS BEEN A FIXTURE OF THE COMMUNITY
The Morris County Freeholders have honored the First Presbyterian Church of Boonton with a Historic Preservation plaque to be installed in the 157-year-old church, which is closely tied to the history and community development of the town of Boonton.
First Presbyterian Church Pastor Rev. Jennifer Van Zandt accepted the historic plaque at the freeholder’s July 27 evening meeting held at the Boonton municipal building.
The ongoing project has been partly financed through the Morris County Historic Preservation Grant Program, which has provided more than $200,000 from the voter-approved fund to First Presbyterian Church for the project.
“This historic preservation project is restoring an iconic structure that is historically important to the community and is a perfect project for the use of county historic preservation funds,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.
“Preserving our history is important to the county, enhancing its character and providing ties to our past. The First Presbyterian Church has done a great job in working to restore this remarkably historic treasure for their community.’’
Morris County Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Ray Chang provided details of the First Presbyterian Church project:
For more information on the First Presbyterian Church historic project, visit: http://planning.morriscountynj.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2016-Boonton-Town-First-Presbyterian-Church-of-Boonton.pdf
For information on the county’s Historic Preservation Grant Program, visit: http://planning.morriscountynj.gov/divisions/prestrust/historic/