Thursday, 21st of September 2017

Thursday, 21st of September 2017

Named for King William III, Prince of Orange and Nassau, Nassau Hall (or Old Nassau) is the oldest building at Princeton University (known until 1896 as the College of New Jersey). At the time it was built in 1754 it was the largest building in colonial New Jersey. In 1776 Nassau Hall was the first capital of New Jersey, and in July of that year a reading of the Declaration of Independence took place on its lawn. Old Nassau was the site of the nation's Capitol when the Continental Congress met there between June and November of 1783.

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THE FOUNDING OF ST. MARY'S PARISH
MOTHER PARISH OF NEW JERSEY
THE FIRST FOUNDED BY THE SOCIETY
FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL
ALL SAINTS' DAY 1702
AND
THE LAYING OF THE CORNERSTONE OF
ST. MARY'S CHURCH
FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION 1703
FIRST RECTOR REV. JOHN TALBOT INSTALLED 1705
ROYAL CHARTER GRANTED JANUARY 5, 1709


ERECTED BY THE IN THE
SOCIETY OF STATE OF
COLONIAL WARS NEW JERSEY

1962

 

 

 

St. Mary's is one of the oldest Episcopal congregations in the state, having received a Royal Charter in 1709. Its first rector, John Talbot, had been a ship's chaplain, and served from 1705 to 1725.

The edifice of "old" St. Mary's still stands on the corner of Wood and West Broad Streets. It was built in 1703, making it the oldest surviving church building in the State of New Jersey. Old St. Mary's served the parish as its house of worship until 1854, when the new church was completed.

Notable in the interior of the church is the silver communion service, a gift from Queen Anne.