Sacred Spaces, Historical Places in Stone Arabia NY

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I thought I'd take a break (and give you a break) from the road trips and farms on the blog....at least for today.....and share something a little different.  Still in the country, and still in the Stone Arabia neck of the woods, today I want to share a bit of history in the form of a beautiful church, the Dutch Reformed Stone Church of Stone Arabia.


We happened upon this beautiful church on our very first road trip through Stone Arabia, which wasn't difficult because it sits proudly on Route 10, just a short step away from the Trinity Lutheran Church.  The Stone Church, as you see it today, was built in 1778, it's rectangular structure built of cut limestone blocks at a cost of $3,378.  The original church, as well as the original Trinity Lutheran Church were both destroyed by Loyalists in the Great Raid of 1780 in the Revolutionary War (the Battle of Stone Arabia).
Notice the Trinity Lutheran Church to the right of the Stone Church.



On our most recent visit, we were tickled when we stopped for a photo and discovered the church to be open to visitors.  Come on inside and let me show you around!









The Stone Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.  Services were held in the church until 1990.  The Register lists the church's builder, architect/engineer as Philip Schuyler but I was unsuccessful in my research to determine if that was THE Philip Schuyler.


 Behind the church is the Colonel Brown's Cemetery, 18th century burial site of Colonel Brown and others who lost their lives in the Revolutionary War Battle of Stone Arabia.   Finding a place like the Stone Church always adds a little excitement and adventure to our excursions!  According the the Montgomery County website, the church is open on Sundays from 1:00-4:00pm.  Check it out for yourself.  

Thanks for coming along on this tour of the beautifully preserved Stone Church in Stone Arabia.  To see another beautiful, sacred space from that same time period, just a short ride away, check out my earlier blog post featuring the The Palatine Lutheran Church, Erected in 1770.  Just click the title to read the story and see this beautiful church.   To see much more of the beautiful area known as Stone Arabia, check my DIRECTORY under Destinations-NY. Come back soon for more adventures in Life As I See It.
Palatine Lutheran Church

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