Monday, 21st of August 2017

Monday, 21st of August 2017

HuguenotsHackensackThe Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey erected a granite cross in 1942 to honor the French Huguenots who settled along both sides of the Hackensack River in 1677 and who founded the city of Hackensack in Bergen County. The monument is just outside the burying ground of the First Dutch Reformed Church in Hackensack (“The Old Church on the Green”). In 1780, General Enoch Poor was buried at the cemetery; George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette attended the funeral. The original church was built in 1696, making it the first in Bergen County. The existing church was built in 1791, using stones from the original building.

Bergen County, founded in 1675, was one of the four original counties in East Jersey. The settlement on the Hackensack was the first permanent Huguenot settlement in the colony, with a second established at Princeton a few years later. After Louis XIV in 1685 revoked the Edict of Nantes (thereby forbidding the practice of any Protestant religion), Huguenots settled widely throughout New Jersey.