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Bus Tour Explores Historic Houses of Worship

St. Charles AME Zion Church

St. Charles AME Zion Church (1856), Sparkill

The Historical Society of Rockland County has a few seats left for their Bus Tour of Historic Houses of Worship on Saturday, June 1. This trip, which is part of the NY State Path Through History Weekend, will include seven stops:

  • The Reformed Church of Tappan (1694),
  • The Clarkstown Reformed Church (1749),
  • Greenbush Presbyterian (1812),
  • The Old Stone Church – Upper Nyack (1813 – the oldest church building in Rockland,
  • Iglesia La Mision – formerly St. Paul’s Methodist – South Nyack (1843),
  • Christ Episcopal, Sparkill (1847) and
  •  St. Charles AME Zion Church (1856)

The trip will conclude after a delicious lunch at the historic Il Fresco Restaurant in Orangeburg.

This church tour begins a multi-year daytrip series: History in Your Own Backyard. This series of historic Rockland County day trips focusing on historic houses of worship, cemeteries and pipe organs in Rockland County is sponsored by The Historical Society of Rockland County (HSRC). The tours that begin on June 1,  are expected to extend through 2015.

“During 2012, the HSRC sponsored several similar day trips through our historic County.  These trips were very popular, and we are thrilled to be building on this past success, especially as we are kicking it off on NY State Heritage Weekend,” said Clare Sheridan, President of the Historical Society of Rockland County.

The June 1st day trip begins at Il Fresco Restaurant, 15 Kings Highway  in Orangeburg at 8:45a and ends after a lunch at the same location at approximately 2p.  The fee for the trip is $69 per person ($64 per person for members of the HSRC ).  The ticket price includes bus transportation, guided tours and a gourmet lunch. Space is limited and pre-paid reservations are required.

Future trips in the 2013 series include

The Historic Cemeteries of Orangetown and Clarkstown: Saturday, September 21

The Pipe Organs of Orangetown and Clarkstown: Saturday, November 16

Similar tours will be scheduled in other areas of Rockland County in 2014 and 2015.

Visit for more information.  Call 845-634-9629 for reservations and/or information. Visit NY State Heritage Weekends to learn more about this statewide Path Through Histroy initiative.


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