Belleville in Essex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Dutch Church
Second River New Jersey
Belleville school system started here
Many members of early town founders interred here.
Erected 1976 by Belleville Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era.
Location. 40° 47.202′ N, 74° 8.921′ W. Marker is in Belleville, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Rutgers Street (New Jersey Route 7) and Main Street, on the right when traveling east on Rutgers Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belleville NJ 07109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. School Number One (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary War Soldiers Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Belleville Reformed Church Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rutgers Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Josiah Hornblower (within shouting distance Route 7 Bridge (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); LCpl Osbrany Montes de Oca Bridge (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named The Rutgers Bridge (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belleville.
More about this marker. The Tunnel - There has been a rumor around for generations that a tunnel from the nearby Schuyler copper mine in North Arlington led under the Passaic River and into the basement of this church. As relations with Great Britain soured, this tunnel was used to secretly transfer copper to the church, which was later shipped to Morristown and fashioned into American coins. If true, this would be the earliest occurrence of colonial rebellion.
The Snipers Nest - Another legend about the church involves Capt. Abraham Spear. It is said that he used the bell tower as a lookout and sniper's nest against the British. Capt. Spear is burried in the churchyard.
Also see . . . Village of Second River – Belleville, NJ. (Submitted on March 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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