About This Old Church

History of the Church

The congregation began 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

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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Rambler Rose Tea Box

Rambler Rose Tea Room Returns to Vernon Center for Mother’s Day

Vernon Center’s turn-of-the-century Rambler Rose Tea Room returned in the form of a Tea Party-in-a-box Gift Set for the weekend.

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Repointing the Foundation

Most of the foundation dates to 1839-1840, when the church was constructed on its present site. The masonry is comprised of field stone, probably local, and averaging about 12 inches long by 4 inches tall, held together with…

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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!