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Gouverneur Chamber's Featured Member - June, 2023
First Presbyterian Church of Gouverneur

National Historical Registry 2015

The First Presbyterian Church was organized on May 24, 1817. It had six male trustees, William Colton, James Parker, Richard Kimball, William Cleghorn, John Spencer, and Rockwell Barnes. The congregation’s first church was built in 1820. It was a plain structure compared to the Presbyterian Church today. Mrs. Gouverneur Morris deeded the site. The cost of the thirty-four by thirty-nine-foot church was $1,400.

In 1844 the organization built a new sixty-by-forty-foot church for $3,500. The church in 1866 added a parsonage, twenty pews, an updated lighting system, and new furnaces. Cornerstones for the present marble building were laid on July 27, 1892, and by the end of the year, an interior finish of chestnut wood was added. The church was able to hold 500 people and cost $50,000. In 1904 Mrs. Myra Dean and her daughters gave brick and marble for a new parsonage, which is the Gouverneur Museum today. 

In 1943 a chime tower was built to honor the World War II veterans. In 1950 a boy scout room, recreational room, and interior redecoration were completed, according to the Gouverneur Sesquicentennial History of 1955. Today, Headstart classes use the building during the week.

Carrie Demers, CRE/Pastor, is available by appointment. Call the church or her cell @ (315) 854-1807. Office hours: Monday & Tuesday / Thursday & Friday 9:00 AM-Noon. (Closed Wednesdays)

22 Church Street Gouverneur, NY 13642
(315) 287-0560

Church services are held every Sunday at 11:00 AM.

The Sacrament of Communion is the first Sunday of every month during the regular service.

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