Smithfield Church celebrates 275 years in Amenia

From left, organist Hampson A. Sisler congratulated church member Linda Kinney for her performance as one of the soloists featured in the event’s music program. Photo by Bob Riemer

AMENIA — Recognized as a landmark structure on Smithfield Valley Road, the Smithfield Presbyterian Church just commemorated its 275th anniversary in Amenia.

Tracing its origins back to 1742, the church was founded by Moravian missionaries who were living among the Pequot tribe in the Shekomeko area of New York. Because the church’s founding coincides with the year that the missionaries helped the settlers to establish a religious community, Pastor Douglas Grandgeorge explained, the church ties its beginnings with its Moravian roots.

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