Duanesburg in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Duanesburg Reformed Presbyterian Church
Org. 1795 By Rev. McKinney
1st Ministers: Rev.
McMaster, Wylie, & Ramsay.
Present Edifice Built 1836
Erected 1935 by New York State Education Department.
Location. 42° 46.127′ N, 74° 9.368′ W. Marker is in Duanesburg, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker is on Western Turnpike (U.S. 20) near Duanesburg Churches Road (County Route 127), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is just west of the intersection of Duanesburg Churches Road and US Route 20. Marker is in this post office area: Duanesburg NY 12056, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Christ Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); William North (within shouting distance of this marker); James Duane (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Christ Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Michael Righter (approx. 1.1 miles away); Christman Sanctuary Great Lot 92 (approx. 2.3 miles away); Home of William North (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Duanesburg.
Regarding Duanesburg Reformed Presbyterian Church. The Duanesburg Reformed Presbyterian Church has held its services in a number of locations over the years.
In 1836 the original church was struck by lightning and burned. The church building described by the marker was built the following year and it burned Decemeber 16, 1951;
Schenectady's Union-Star Monday, December 17, 1951
Presbyterian Church At Duanesburg Destroyed by Fire
Fire of undetermined origin last night destroyed the historic Reformed Presbyterian church in Duanesburg. Firemen from Duanesburg and Delanson departments were powerless to fight the blaze as water in storage tanks was frozen solid by the sub zero temperature. The Rev. Henry J. Meiners Jr. said, "All they could do was just stand and watch it burn.” He added that it would cost $23,000 to rebuild the 114-year-old church. It was insured for only $4,000. The fire was discovered about 6 p.m. when the temperature was 2 below zero. Firemen quickly reached
William Bloodworth, president of the Duanesburg fire department, raced to the church when he received news of the fire in an effort to save records stored there. He said when he entered the church the balcony on the west side of the building was enveloped in flames and ready to collapse. He said this was where the fire originated. The balcony, originally used as a slave gallery, was on the opposite side of the church from where the furnace was located. The church had been closed for extensive repairs the past three weeks and the heating plant had been turned off. The Rev. Mr. Meiners said today that he could not state at this time whether or not the church would be rebuilt. He said that a meeting of the congregation probably would be called within the next few days to decide on what action to take. He disclosed that he did not believe the fire started from a short circuit or faulty wiring. He explained that the church had been completely rewired within the past three years He added that this congregation probably would continue to meet in the Grange hall, where it was holding services while the repairs were being made to the church. The improvements, for which the congregation voted $7,000 last summer, were to include re-plastering, installation of an oil burner,
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Even if the weather had not been sub-zero, today still would have been cold and bleak for the Rev. Harry H. Meiners Jr. Above he surveys the charred ruins of what was once his church. The historic Duanesburg Reformed Presbyterian church was destroyed by fire early last night. Frozen water supplies made it impossible for Duanesburg and Delanson firemen to fight.
After the fire the church congregation decided to rebuild, but closer by, in the crossroads hamlet
Also see . . . Duanesburg Reformed Presbyterian Church. (Submitted on April 2, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
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