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

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…

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Vernon Center Old Home Day 2019

We will have a table at Vernon Center’s 2019 Old Home Day, and are looking forward to talking about the church’s history–and future! Plus…. Limited edition historic church merchandise available, with proceeds going 100% to stained glass window…

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Holy Bees!

We spotted a swarm of bees while cleaning the rain gutters in July. According to the expert, nearly 100,000 bees, and one unlucky creature, had taken sanctuary in the 2 front walls of the church–for a decade. Honey…

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The Site

The church is the first and oldest in Vernon. But it began its life in 1811, in the middle of the 6 acre Vernon Centre Green, near where the gazebo is today. Within 40 years, the congregation had…

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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!