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Historic Houses of Worship in Washington County; a Fundraiser and Guided Interpretive Bus Tour

General Event

Description of Event

The Washington County Historical Society (WCHS) is pleased to announce its sponsorship of a guided architectural bus tour entitled “God’s Architecture”. The tour will be conducted on May 14, 2016, with all proceeds to benefit WCHS and its programming. The cost of the tour will be $40 for WCHS members, to non-members the cost will be $55.

The tour will focus on five historic houses of worship that span the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century: the two Society of Friends meetinghouses in Easton, 1787 and 1838, both of which portray the architecture of the Quakers and which share important associations with early Easton history; the Fort Miller Reformed Church, 1816, a highly intact example of the meetinghouse type located in the historic Fort Miller hamlet; the Coila Presbyterian Church, a handsome brick building erected in 1834; and the First United Presbyterian Church of Salem, ca. 1797, which at the time of its erection was considered one of the more impressive meetinghouses located between Albany and Montreal.

Join WCHS for this unique opportunity to celebrate the region’s religious and architectural history as manifested in this select group of area churches. The tour will be led by WCHS trustee William Krattinger, who has 16 years of experience in historic building analysis with New York’s Division for Historic Preservation and a particular interest in the architecture of Washington County. Attendees will travel by bus between the sites, with interpretation provided both on the bus and on-site.

Reservations for the tour, which will be limited, can be made by check made out to WCHS and addressed to WCHS, 167 Broadway, Fort Edward NY 12828. For additional information, please contact Pat Niles at (518) 538-1235 or by email at

Established in 1940, WCHS is a 501 c3 non-profit organization which seeks to educate and enrich Washington County residents by sponsoring programs and publications that illuminate important aspects of the county’s history and culture. Please join WCHS for this remarkable tour opportunity, the proceeds of which will assist the society with continuing its mission.

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If at all possible please make sure an email address is included on the check or note within your envelope so the society can contact you on tour updates and receipt of your check. Reservations will not be taken by phone, send a check with contact information to reserve a spot on the tour.