Sunday, August 24, 2014


The First Congregational Church Society of the Town of Canandaigua (before it became a city) was incorporated in 1799.  Services were held in homes and barns,  Thirteen years later, in 1812, the society erected the present stately meeting house much as you see today.  The roof trusses were made of handhewn wooden beams, fastened with wooden pegs and the exterior walls were made of bricks from Phelps, N.Y,  The imposing Federal-style building, with its lonic pilasters, wheel windows, and pediment swag of teakwood is a testimony to the courage of the small body of sturdy inhabitants.  The arched portico and the gold-clad barbless feather weather vane  atop its domed bell tower set in apart from the New England edifices - truly enique,  The construction cost was $12,996.31.


Tom said...

Good morning Marilyn,
Canandaigua has some beautiful churches. A number of years ago WXXI TV had a program on about churches in our area...I wish they would run it again. Enjoy your Sunday. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Countryside Reflections said...

The bell tower is beautiful, but my favorite is the stone chapel.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom,
Canandaigua does have some beautiful churches. I didn't know there was a
program on the churches. I hope they play it again as I would like to see it.

I tried to leave a comment on your post this morning, but for some reason I can't. It may be my computer.

Enjoy this Sunday, too,

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Doreen,

What is funny is, I didn't know it was all one church. A friend of mine that lives in Canandaigua told me, so I had to go back and take more pictures.


Anonymous said...

You need to see the inside of this church, it has doors to the pews and a balcony that is beautiful. In December they host a "messiah" concert on a Sunday afternoon. The sound is amazing.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Anonymous,
I would love to see that church on the inside. It looks so beautiful on the outside - I bet it is even more beautiful on the inside. Maybe I will be able to get to the "messiah" convert in December. Glad you told me.