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

Holiday Movies at This Old Church

Thursday, Dec 15 through Sunday, Dec 18 Join friends and neighbors for wonderful evenings with film, food and festivities in this historic landmark!  Enjoy cookies, popcorn and treats for sale, plus a Hot Cocoa Bar!  Tickets at the door –…

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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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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…

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Congregation Returns for Special Service

First Presbyterian Church of Augusta and Vernon Center celebrates once again at former home. On Christmas Eve, 2005, The Vernon Center Presbyterian Church held its final worship service at its Vernon Center home. The congregation merged with its…

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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!