Thursday, August 24th, 2017
FIRST MEMORIAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN DOVER IS ON HISTORIC REGISTERS
The Morris County Freeholders last night honored the First Presbyterian Church and Congregation of Dover with a Historic Preservation plaque to be installed in the circa 1900 First Memorial Presbyterian Church, an iconic site in the Town of Dover.
The church is located in Dover’s Blackwell Street Historic District, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Pastor Alan Schaefer and Elder Ed Dorsey of the First Presbyterian Church and Congregation of Dover, accepted the historic plaque at the freeholder’s Wednesday meeting held in Victory Gardens.
Historic restoration work done at the church were partly financed through the Morris County Historic Preservation Grant Program, which provided $505,175 to the church in Dover for the project.
“The remarkable preservation work done at this church preserved a very important and unique facet of this building, which has been part of the fabric of Dover’s history for a very long time,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “The First Presbyterian Church has done remarkable work in preserving a real treasure for their community. We congratulate them for their outstanding effort.’’
Morris County Historic Preservation Program Coordinator Ray Chang provided details of the Dover project:
For more information on the history of Dover, visit: http://www.dovernjhistory.org/
For information on Dover’s Blackwell Street Historic District, visit: http://www.livingplaces.com/NJ/Morris_County/Dover_Town/Blackwell_Street_Historic_District.html
For information on the county’s Historic Preservation Grant Program, visit: https://morriscountynj.gov/planning/divisions/prestrust/historic/