The Old Dutch Church is considered the city’s oldest institution; the churches first congregation was organized in 1659. The edifice that is currently The Old Dutch Church and Museum was built in 1852 and is a Renaissance Revival style church, designed by Minard LaFever. The churchyard contains tombstones dating back to 1770, and the grave of New York’s first governor, George Clinton, an Ulster County native. The steeple bell, tradition says, was cast in Amsterdam in 1794 from molten copper and silver items given by families at baptismal rites.
What about the celebs?! The George Washington visited the church in 1782 and if that wasn’t enough Calvert Vaux (co designer of Central Park & Olana) called the architecture “ideally perfect.”
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