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

The Historic Marker

First plaque recognizing the Vernon Center Green Historic District, including Presbyterian Church, now in place The history of this church is deep, fascinating, and important. So too is the history of Vernon Center and its Village Green. That’s…

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

Guests at the recent Harvest Dinner were there for more than a great meal and entertainment, as proceeds supported two causes; preservation of the building’s remarkable stained glass windows, and generating $3,200 for Clear Path for Veterans.

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Harvest Dinner 2019

The first event at This Old Church was an amazing fall evening with lively entertainment and a memorable meal, featuring local products, local purveyors, a certified master chef and a star baker. All taking place in a one-of-a-kind,…

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Slate Roof Repairs

When purchasing the church in May, we knew the roof was leaking in at least 3 places, and had been leaking significantly for some time…

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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!