Trinity’s Rectory is the oldest of four parts of the church property on the U.S. and New Jersey registers of historic places. The house was built in the early 1670s and is known as the Jonathan Dunham House, its original name. Dunham is an ancestor of President Barack Obama, which means the house has greater historical significance now than ever before.
With all this in mind, Trinity’s Building and Grounds Committee started working to restore the Rectory in October 2014. Committee Chairman Steve Kalista and his wife, Sandy, took charge of the project. Many Parishioners and members of the community have worked on the restoration, provided lunches for the volunteers and/or helped cover the costs of materials and skilled labor through donations. We are grateful for the support.
You can still be part of reviving this historic building. Here’s how.
* Join us on selected Saturdays, starting at 9 a.m., to help with the work. Check our Facebook page or contact the Parish Office to find out when volunteers will be there.
* Pick up the cost of a meal. Contact the Parish Office to make arrangements.
* Make a contribution to the Restoration and Maintenance Fund and designate the money for Rectory restoration. Donations can be put in the collection plate at services or mailed to Trinity Church, 650 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, NJ 07095-3530.
Here’s a look at the work in progress.