ROME DAILY SENTINEL: Historic site, vets group benefit by working together

HISTORIC HELP — Garrett Law, left, shakes hands with Clear Path for Veterans CEO Bill Smullen. Law recently acquired “This Old Church”, formerly the Vernon Center Presbyterian Church and has undertaken the task of restoring it.

VERNON CENTER A Harvest Dinner on the evening of November 2 in Vernon Center brought together more than 130 people from near and far for a seasonally-inspired dinner, curated by two celebrity chefs and featuring local items. Guests were picked up from their cars by horse and carriage, and brought to the front doors of an historic former church, the site of the dinner fundraiser. 

The dinner was the first event held at “This Old Church,” which was formerly the Vernon Center Presbyterian Church. The historic venue, dating to 1811, longtime home to Vernon’s first organized church congregation, is on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Vernon Center Green Historic District. The building was recently acquired by Vernon native Garrett Law, who has undertaken the task of restoring it. 


Guests arriving by horse and carriage in Vernon Center
Guests arrived by horse and carriage for the Harvest Dinner on November 2, 2019. Photo by Harlow Bliss Photography.