Sharon Springs in Schoharie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
First Lutheran Congregation
In Schoharie County
Founded In 1745 by
Rev. Peter N. Sommers
Erected 1936 by New York State Education Department.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
Location. 42° 44.485′ N, 74° 35.132′ W. Marker is in Sharon Springs, New York, in Schoharie County. Marker is on New York State Route 10 0.4 miles south of Slate Hill Road (County Route 5), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6568 NY-10, Sharon Springs NY 13459, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Beekman Mansion (approx. ¾ mile away); Catherine Merckley (approx. 2.7 miles away); Site of Log Cabin (approx. 2.8 miles away); Camp of Cedar Swamp (approx. 2.8 miles away); Kilts (approx. 3.3 miles away); Town of Sharon (approx. 3.6 miles away); The Lehman Block (approx. 3.8 miles away); Rockville (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharon Springs.
Regarding First Lutheran Congregation.
Peter Nicholas Sommer immigrated from West Hamburg, Germany to Schoharie County, New York in 1742/1743, to serve the Lutheran Church, having received a call to come to serve the Palatine Lutherans in Schoharie. In 1744 Dominie Sommers married Maria Kayser of Stone Arabia, and besides preaching in Schoharie, he served as pastor to congregations in Stone Arabia, Little Falls, Geisenberg (Hallsville, near Fort Plain), Rhinebeck, Claverack, East Camp and West Camp, in the Helderbergs, Dorlach (Sharon), and Cobleskill. These locations are in what are now Columbia, Dutchess, Albany, Green, Ulster, Herkimer, Schoharie, and Fulton Counties—a very large area! Many of these places were visited only two or three times a year, when he would perform baptisms, marriages, and funerals. He retired at age 80, and died in 1795, aged 86.
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