Church of St. John in the Wilderness
Church of St. John in the Wilderness, September 2008
|Location||Jct. of NY 344 and Valley View Rd., Copake Falls, New York|
|Area||2 acres (0.81 ha)|
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival|
|NRHP reference #||95000963|
|Added to NRHP||August 10, 1995|
Church of St. John in the Wilderness is a historic Episcopal church in Copake Falls, Columbia County, New York. The church, its furnishing, and the parsonage were designed by noted ecclesiastical architect Richard Upjohn (1802-1878). It was built in 1851 and is a one-story wood frame building clad with board and batten siding in the Gothic Revival style. It features an open frame bell cote topped by a steep gable roof. Also on the property are a contributing parsonage (1853) and two cemeteries (1851-1911).
Worship is progressive Christian, following the Book of Common Prayer and The Hymnal 1982. Sunday School is provided for the children and a choir sings at the principal service. Under the leadership of the Rev. John Thompson, The Church of St. John in the Wilderness has become a cultural center for Copake Falls, hosting stage plays, chamber music (Winds in the Wilderness), and Jazz Vespers. Each year, the church sponsors the Country Fair and Auction in July, Harvest Fest in October, and participates in Copake Falls Day in August.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
- John A. Bonafide (April 1995). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Church of St. John in the Wilderness". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-06-26. See also: "Accompanying six photos".
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