Historic Belleville church in danger of closing due to Sandy damage

Iglesia La Senda Antigua in Belleville had damages repaired to its steeple, but after spending around $250,000, the church ran out of money.

News 12 Staff

Feb 23, 2023, 1:31 PM

Updated 423 days ago

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A 325-year-old church is in danger of closing due to damage it sustained during Superstorm Sandy.
Iglesia La Senda Antigua in Belleville had damages repaired to its steeple, but after spending around $250,000, the church ran out of money. The Belleville Historical Society is working on several fundraising projects to save the church. They are hoping to raise about $75,000 in donations to complete the repairs.
According to a GoFundMe website for the church, it was established in 1697, and has been rebuilt and enlarged three times in 1725, 1809 and 1853. The site also says the history of the church is “long and unique.” It was the site of the Battle of Second River on Sept. 12, 1777, and 68 Revolutionary War soldiers are laid to rest in the churchyard along, according to the website.


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