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.
News and Updates
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Crowd Gathers for Welsh Hymn Sing
Few people today realize how much of Oneida County history was influenced by Welsh settlers. The Gymanfa Ganu, or an annual singing of sacred Welsh hymns, helps carry on Welsh traditions and carries on the historical connections, even…Read More
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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
Rambler Rose Tea Gift Box$45.00 Add to cart
Stained Glass Window Panes, replica of 1885 orignals$30.00 Select options
Enamel Pin – Purple and Gold Flower from Stained Glass Window$6.00 Add to cart
Egyptian Revival Magnetic Metal Pin$10.00 Add to cart
Note Cards with Envelopes – Stained Glass Triptych – Set of 10$20.00 Add to cart
Vernon Center Stained Glass Design T-Shirt$20.00 – $24.00 Select options
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