Somerset County Churches
Historic Churches of Somerset County, New Jersey
by Frank L. Greenagel
191 pages, 135+ b&w illustrations, tables, glossary, appendices, bibliography, index
6.758 x 9.5 in., paperback. List price: $24.99
Published by The History Press, Charleston, South Carolina
ISBN-13: 978-1-59629-202-4 Publication date: December 2006
This richly-illustrated guide to all of the eighteenth and nineteenth
century churches and meetinghouses of Somerset County, New Jersey is
the definitive work on the founding, construction and architecture of
the fifty-nine surviving churches from the county's early history. From
the sophisticated Gothic Revival designs erected in stone by leading
architects to the simple wooden-frame meetinghouses built by hand by
members of the congregation, the book offers an engaging account, illustrated
by stunning photographs, of the visual and material presence on the landscape
of Somerset's religious architecture.
historian and photographer. He focuses on the religious architecture
and the associated cultural and economic history, and lectures frequently
those subjects. He is the author of several books and articles on the
state's religious architecture, notably The New Jersey Churchscape (Rutgers
University Press, 2000), The Warren Churchscape (2008),
Churches of Sussex County (2008).
He has photographed more than 1,250 old churches, meetinghouses and
synagogues in New Jersey, and expects (eventually) to complete books
on the religious
architecture of all 21 counties in the state. He is also the author
of the article on “religious architecture” in the Encyclopedia
of New Jersey, and of an extended analysis of late Methodist
architecture, published in New Jersey History, the country's
oldest scholarly journal dedicated to history. A
former professor at the Universities of Minnesota and Colorado, Dr.
Greenagel is an accomplished
with Ansel Adams. He uses a large format camera and shoots only in black-and-white.