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

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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Historic 1850s Pipe Organ back in service

The sounds of an historic pipe organ grace Vernon Center once again. And they come from an organ made by the same organ builder as the original 1837 instrument. Made around 1853 by Alvinza Andrews for the Unitarian…

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Masterful Carpentry

A Greek Revival revival. Two of the worst things for old wood are water, and pests. Unfortunately, the building was exposed to both of these for too long, causing the loss of paint, leaks, pest infestation, and wood…

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The Bees are Back: Round 2

I received a call from a neighbor about a bee swarm amassing above the front porch – which sounded “like a little motor” and could be heard from inside their house. And it was growing quickly.

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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!