About This Old Church

History of the Church

The congregation was officially organized in 1802 as the Vernon Centre Congregational Society–the first organized church in the town of Vernon, NY. The first building was erected in 1811, in the middle of the town green (near today's historic gazebo), with a cornerstone inscribed with AD 1812. Church services in the building ended in 2005. But the building's story doesn't end there.

1902 Photo of the church

News and Updates

Restoring the Russell and Rebecca Church Stained Glass Windows

The Russel and Rebecca Church windows are in the back of the sanctuary, on the side of the parking lot. When Sullivan Studios first surveyed the windows in the fall of 2019, they were identified as in the…

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Holiday Movies held at This Old Church

A new tradition begins in 2022 Friends and neighbors turned out last week for several wonderful evenings of film, food and festivities in this historic landmark!  We set up a large screen on the altar, flanked by a Christmas tree…

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Weddings Return to This Old Church

One purpose of restoring This Old Church was to ensure that it would continue as a place that brings families and the community together to celebrate special moments. I’m pleased to announce that in 2022, the historic landmark…

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The Concert by Candlelight

Moving music played by Opus Black string trio, solely by candlelight. How the concert happened Even before beginning the restoration of This Old Church, I dreamt about doing interesting, moving events that would bring the community together for…

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For This and Future Generations

Our history should not only be preserved, it should be celebrated. Let's bring the former Vernon Center Presbyterian Church building back to life, and ensure it remains a vital contributor to the present and future of Vernon.

Contribute to the Restoration

If you'd like to support the restoration, please enjoy an upcoming event or browse the items in the shop. And for those who have asked, we have the option to make a donation. Any donation of $20 or more, if you provide your mailing address, will get a special gift. Thanks!

Shop This Old Church Collectables to support the restoration

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