After weeks of plundering and destruction in the spring of 1778, British troops squared off with local militia near what today is Swedesboro, N.J. According to the Rev. Nicholas Collin’s journal, both sides “aimed so badly that the bullets flew in all directions so that it was best to stay inside.” American troops arrived in Swedesboro a month later, set up quarters in Collin’s church and spent several weeks quelling the unrest. Their stay in Swedesboro had long-reaching effects – the church was so damaged it had to be rebuilt after the war. In 1784, Trinity Church, also known as “Old Swedes Church,” went from being a log cabin to the 300- seat Georgian building still standing today, more than two centuries later. You can still hear the echoes of history at Trinity thanks to an innovative historic preservation team that faced a new conflict – against termites – and won, preserving one of the oldest churches in the United States.