Since 1703...A Community of Prayer, Compassion and Justice; United in Diversity... A Founding Parish of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey
St. Michaelís Church of Trenton, New Jersey, organized
in 1703, is the oldest parish of the Episcopal Church in this area, and one of
the oldest in New Jersey.The church
building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.The people who formed the original congregation
were English immigrants.It has been
said that probably no church in New Jersey has a more interesting history, or
more closely allies itself with the life of people in troubled times.
During the Revolutionary War, services at St. Michaelís
Church were suspended because of the mixture of loyalist and revolutionary
sentiment in the congregation.The
vestry passed a resolution on Sunday, July 7, 1776, to close the church for an
indefinite period.This happened the day
before the Declaration of Independence was publicly read from the steps of the
Trenton Court House.
Both the Continental and British armies occupied the
church at intervals.During the Hessian
occupation of Trenton, the building was used as a barracks and artillery pieces
were stationed in the churchyard.When
the Continental Army and George Washington surprised the Hessians on December
26, 1776, much of the fighting of the first battle of Trenton focused on St.
Michaelís Churchyard.Later in the war, the
church was used by the Continental Army as a hospital.