Tuesday, June 7, 2011

St. John's Episcopal Church- Underhill St.

One of the oldest buildings in Yonkers and certainly one of the oldest buildings in continuous use in the United States, St. John's Episcopal church is a hidden gem of Yonkers. Most people, even people who reside around it, hardly know it exists. The church was completed in 1798 and is considered of "Tuckahoe", but after changes to boundaries, St. John's has been located in Yonkers for over 100 years. The church itself is rarely open, but the graveyard can be visited at anytime.

After the Dutch left Yonkers, the English came in and took control of the area, specifically under the care of the Philipse Family. Anyway, the Anglican Church (which would become the American Episcopal Church after Independence) was the chief religious authority over the colony of New York. After Independence, it was Episcopalians who maintained prime influence over political and business affairs over Yonkers up until the large immigration waves that started in the late 19th Century.

Anyway, this church is historic because of the cultural significance it played for the City of Yonkers.

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