Sunday, July 13, 2014


Park Presbyterian Church is nestled behind the village park in Newark, New York as seen in picture two.  This church was organized by a Commission of Geneva Presbytery on April 20, 1825.  They started with 37 members.  They first worshiped at Town Hall and Soverville School House on alternate Sundays.

Their first church was built at the present location in 1827.  The corner stone of the first church was laid June, 1827.  The records of the Church and some silver coins were placed in the stone.  After a few months, the stone was pried from the foundation and the coins taken by parties unknown.  In the autumn of 1827, the church was completed and dedicated.

In 1850 the congregation had outgrown the old first building and it was decided to remove it and construct a new one.  The corner stone of the old church was used in the building of the second church.  When the new church was about completed, it burned down.  Only July 4, 1853, the congregation met and decided to rebuild.  The new church was completed and dedicated in 1855.

As years passed, more room was needed in the old church.  After many meetings and discussions, it was decided that a new church should be built.  On April 8, 1915, ground was broken for the new church, which is the church that is standing today and in these pictures.  The corner stone for the church was laid July 30, 1915.  The entire cost of the church was $72,000.  Parts of the previous church were used in the construction of the 1915 church.

There is a lot more information on this church, but I thought I would touch on the most important.  This is a church that has a lot of history.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Everyone,

This church has a very interesting background.

So far today it is beautiful here, but is suppose to rain some time today.


Countryside Reflections said...

A beautiful church. It's so interesting to read the history. The congregation certainly didn't get discouraged after rebuilding so many times.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Doreen,

No, they didn't discouraged. It is a beautiful church. One thing I forgot to take a picture of is their parking lot. Most churches have a parking lot, this one has a PARKING LOT. Not one of those crowded ones or wondering where you would park.



Tom said...

I guess I had better slow down and enjoy this church the next time I drive though Newark. Thanks for sharing. Tom The Backroads Traveller

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Tom,

It is right behind the park. You turn between the park and post office to get there. Glad you like it,


ga447 said...

I love churches so thank you for the photos and history.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi ga447,

So glad you like them.


Park Presbyterian Church said...

Hi Marilyn! Thank you so much for visiting our church - the history is indeed very interesting. Did you make it inside at all? The next time you are in Newark, please feel free to stop by and say hello, or I can arrange a tour of the building. You're always welcome at Park!


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Bethany,
Glad you liked your church on my post. No, I didn't get inside your church. I really would like to some time and take pictures, if that would be all right. I show the outside of churches, but not many of the insides. From the looks of your church, I bet it is beautiful inside. If you want to contact me direct, my e-mail