“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Monticello in Sullivan County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Presbyterian Church

First Church in Monticello


—American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site —

Presbyterian Church image. Click for full size.
By Tom Rue, February 18, 2001
1. Presbyterian Church
First Church in Monticello, established in 1810. The plot of ground for the church was a gift by Monticello founders John Patterson Jones and his brother Samuel Frisbee Jones. In the background is the present Heritage Inn, formerly known as the Monticello Inn; and in the era of the Jones brothers as the Mansion House.
Inscription. Established 1810. Lot gift by the Jones brothers.
Erected 1938 by NYS Education Department. (Marker Number 257.)
Location. 41° 39.274′ N, 74° 41.077′ W. Marker is in Monticello, New York, in Sullivan County. Marker is at the intersection of Broadway (New York State Route 42) and Jones Street, on the left when traveling east on Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 Broadway, Monticello NY 12701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of First House in Monticello (within shouting distance of this marker); St John's Episcopal Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Monticello Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Toll House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Camp Holley (approx. 1½ miles away); Town of Thompson (approx. 3.2 miles away); Saint Josephs (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monticello.
Regarding Presbyterian Church. First Presbyterian Church is one of 445 American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Sites registered between 1973 and 2003 by the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS),
First Church Presbyterian of Monticello image. Click for full size.
By Tom Rue, May 21, 2005
2. First Church Presbyterian of Monticello
headquartered in Philadelphia. Approved sites received a metal plaque featuring John Calvin’s seal and the site’s registry number (PHS marker location unknown).

The following text is taken from the Presbyterian Historical Society website:

In 1808 the brothers Samuel F. and John P. Jones named their Catskill Mountain village after President Jefferson's home, and they set aside part of their "mountain of heaven" in the center of town for the county court house and a house of public worship. They deeded the land to Sullivan County which turned the plot into the site of First Presbyterian Church, the first church in the community. The congregation was organized with twelve members in 1810 by the Presbytery of Hudson. The first church on the site, built in 1828, was destroyed by fire in 1844, and the second burned in 1943. The third and present church structure was dedicated on June 29, 1952. A historical marker was erected in 1938 by the New York State Education Department.
Also see . . .  Google Maps 'zoom' view. (Submitted on December 20, 2009, by Tom Rue of Monticello, New York.)
Categories. Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers
2008 Spring Chorus image. Click for full size.
By Tom Rue, May 4, 2008
3. 2008 Spring Chorus
First Church Presbyterian image. Click for full size.
circa 1880
4. First Church Presbyterian
Earlier church, and first Sullivan County Court House, destroyed by fire and replaced by present-day structures.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 20, 2009, by Tom Rue of Monticello, New York. This page has been viewed 620 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on August 22, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 20, 2009, by Tom Rue of Monticello, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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