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.
News and Updates
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.Read More
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,…Read More
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…Read More
Restoring the Hardwood Floors
Sanctuary and Altar Floors The sanctuary floor had never been sanded, even when it was installed–in 1885. This hardwood floor, made of southern yellow pine (spruce) was installed during the 1885 renovation, on top of what is likely…Read More
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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!
Shop This Old Church Collectables to support the restoration
Rambler Rose Tea Gift Box$45.00 Add to cart
Stained Glass Window Panes, replica of 1885 orignals$30.00 Select options
Enamel Pin – Purple and Gold Flower from Stained Glass Window$6.00 Add to cart
Egyptian Revival Magnetic Metal Pin$10.00 Add to cart
Note Cards with Envelopes – Stained Glass Triptych – Set of 10$20.00 Add to cart
Vernon Center Stained Glass Design T-Shirt$20.00 – $24.00 Select options
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