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at East Jersey Old Town Village

​For most of its fifty year history, the Church at Three Mile Run was surrounded in controversy. What began as a gathering of settlers for religious worship, soon became part of the growing changes in attitudes and beliefs that altered religion in America.

The history of the Church at Three Mile Run is tied to the early European settlers of Dutch and French Huguenot heritage. As early as 1650, Secretary of New Netherlands, Cornelius Van Tienhoven, attracted settlers from New York, with his descriptions of the area along the Raritan.  Within thirty years, families from New York and Long Island began to settle on lands where New Brunswick now stands.
 
By the year 1703, they had established a church for worship opposite the residence of Abraham J. Voorhees. Church records locate the structure about one and one half miles outside of New Brunswick. As the population grew, new congregations were established. In 1710, a church was erected at Six Mile Run and perhaps as early as 1714, another was built on the corner of Burnet and Schureman Streets in New Brunswick. At first, the four churches operated as one, with common officers.  But, dissention grew and by 1717, an agreement was reached whereby the Three Mile Run and New Brunswick Churches would operate as one, and the Six and Ten Mile Run Churches would do the same. 
 
The church was reconstructed at East Jersey Old Town in 1973 with a pyramid roof, in the European style familiar to its founders. The burial ground still exists near the intersection of How Lane and Route 27.​

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​Church of the Three Mile Run at East Jersey Old Town Village
1050 River Road 
Piscataway, NJ 08058 
Phone Number(732) 745-3030
TTY: (732) 745-3888

Hours
Tuesday - Friday 8:30am - 4pm
Sunday 1 - 4pm
Closed Mondays, Saturdays & Holidays​​

Guided Public Tours
Tuesday - Friday and Sunday 1:30pm​​
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