- City: New Providence
- State: New Jersey
- Country: United States
- Source: Bodin Collection
- Approx. Date: Unknown
- Photographer: Unknown
The old Presbyterian Church of New Providence sits on an isolated plot of land in the beautiful state of New Jersey. The quaint building is a single-story with an upper level leading to a belfry and features several arched roofs along its plain exterior.
Built in 1737, the Presbyterian Church of New Providence became the center of religious worship in New Jersey. A famous incident called the "Divine Providence" occurred in the early days of the church when the balcony collapsed and landed on several people standing underneath. Miraculously, no one was injured, leading to the belief that God must have been protecting his faithful worshipers. The area was then renamed “New Providence” to remember the divine providence that God demonstrated on that fateful day.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.