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St. Paul Church Mt. Vernon - A National Historic Landmark

Updated on July 25, 2016

Original Stone Work

Introduction

Our historic landmarks are a reminder of our past. The struggles of our forefathers is captured and demonstrates their sacrifice in the founding of our nation and our Constitution. St Paul Church is one such place in our history going back before the Revolutionary war. It is preserved in great condition for us. You can see and witness a piece of our history. The simple layout of the pews with the names of the families. The church served as a hospital during the revolutionary war.

- July 2016

A Historic Landmark

The St. Paul's Church National Historic Site consists of an 18th century church, used as a hospital during the American Revolutionary war. There is an adjoining five acre cemetery with head stones that date back to 1704. There is a small museum and exhibitions and small scale models that shows local history. The site located at the center of the colonial town of Eastchester was the scene of the Election of 1733 which raised issues of Freedom of Religion and the Press. The First Amendment to the Constitution.

Plaque

Working Pipe Organ

Modern Day Tourist Attraction

This site is located in Mt. Vernon NY and attracts thousands of visitors year round. Schools from NYC and elsewhere make a day trip here for a lesson in American History. There is a guided tour by appointment and it is free of charge. Just be warned, parking is limited.

Stain Glass Window

Exhibit - Hospital Instruments

Cemetery

Sanctuary lamp - Donated by the Salzburg Family

Summary

Westchester is home to many historic sites. St. Paul's Church is one unique place. The preservation of the building and cemetery offer a unique perspective to life in early America. Before the separation of Church and State, there was church and state in the same building. St. Paul is living proof that our country was founded as a Christian nation and our Constitution and the Bill of Rights is unique in the world. It is our freedom that makes our country the envy of the world.

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