Local church recommended as historical site

BURNT HILLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A Saratoga County Church is expected to be nationally recognized.

“There is a lot of history to be known about Calvary Church,” Warden Richard Downs said.

Since Christmas Eve of 1849, it sat right here on Lake Road.

Calvary Episcopal Church constructed long before there was even cars to drive to it.

Well more than a century later, current warden Downs says that’s exactly what drew him here in the first place.

“I always enjoyed history and especially the history of churches and small communities like Burnt Hill.”

Now the New York State Board for Historic Preservation is recommending it be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to install a plaque that will identify to those coming in the future that this is a National Historical Place.”

Entry onto that list not only adds the property to the National Registry, it helps assist owners in revitalizing and maintaining their buildings.

“I find that this is going to be awfully exciting for the parishioners of Calvary Church. It’s also exciting for the residents of Burnt Hills.”

In New York, the building has already been approved by the state board. It’s the national recognition that would ensure the building gets the resources it needs to stay standing for future generations.

“I think the church will continue on long after we’re gone. We see a good future for Calvary and the families of Calvary.”

Throughout its 167 years there have been some changes to the church.

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