Since 1664 the site of the Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown operated by the Old First Historic Trust (OFHT) has been holy ground and the hub of a dynamic and diverse community of pioneers, thinkers and leaders. Here stands the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth (FPCE), whose sanctuary is located on the site of the meetinghouse constructed by the founders of the colony. This is the place where New Jersey was born, where James Caldwell preached independence and where generations of prominent New Jersey residents came together to define the values and traditions that we as a people hold dear today.
Through the generous support of the Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Foundation, the New Jersey Historic Trust (NJHT), the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) program, and other private foundations, the Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown has recently been renovated and reborn. With a truly unique mix of historic treasures and state of the art facilities, it promises to be a catalyst for community and economic development as well as a cultural and educational center. The campus consists of an astonishing constellation of resources and facilities in the heart of midtown Elizabeth just two blocks from the NJ Transit Northeast Corridor train station and 10 minutes from Newark Airport.
The campus provides:
- The region’s premiere destination for events including receptions, banquets, concerts and exhibitions.
- A breathtaking 1917 Classical Revival event and performance space with outstanding acoustics, 24-foot ceilings, and a full stage able to accommodate seated gatherings of up to 250.
- A separate banquet/classroom space for functions and educational programs of up to 120 people, renovated in 2013.
- A brand new commercial kitchen.
- Turnkey office and meeting spaces for nonprofits and small business start-ups.
- A stunning, light suffused art studio.
- A 1790 Georgian style church with a rich history dating to 1664 and a seating capacity of 300.
- The most historic burial grounds in New Jersey, the final resting place of the state’s founders, Revolutionary War veterans and nearly 300 slaves and former slaves.