Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site

Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site

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Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site

New York

(914) 667-4116

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Overview

This 18th-century church is one of New York's oldest parishes (1665-1980). It was used as a hospital following the important Revolutionary War Battle at Pell's Point in 1776, and was the scene of various military developments for the next six years. The church stood at the edge of Eastchester village green, the site of the "Great Election"(1733), which raised the issues of Freedom of Religion and Press. The adjoining cemetery contains burials dating from 1704. Increasing industrialization of the area around St. Paul's Church in the early 20th century led to the decline of the parish. In 1942, as part of an effort to revitalize the congregation and draw attention to the site's historical significance, the interior of the church was restored to its 18th century appearance, based on the original pew plan of 1787. A committee chaired by Sara Delano Roosevelt, mother of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, raised funds for the project. While the restoration initially succeeded in reviving the congregation, by the 1970s the parish had dwindled to only a handful of worshippers. The last regular Sunday service at St. Paul's occurred in May 1977. In 1980, the site was transferred from the Episcopal Dioceses of New York to the National Park Service. The site opened to the public in 1984 and is operated under a cooperative agreement with the Society of the National Shrine of the Bill of Rights at Saint Paul's Church, Eastchester.

Map of Saint Paul's Church

Latitude, Longitude: 40.892770, -73.825893

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    Walking Tours:

    Mondays to Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., visitors are invited to join a member of the staff for a memorable walking tour of this National Historic Site. The tour encompasses an orientation program, museum exhibitions, the 18th-century stone and brick church that served as a Revolutionary War hospital, and one of the nation's oldest cemeteries. The St. Paul's Church bell

    National Park Service

    Church Tower Walks

    During the Spring and Summer the National Park Service offers (weather permitting) tours of the historic church tower every other Friday at 3 p.m.

    Visitors climb up the wooden staircase in the tower, leading to the church's 250-year-old metal bell, one of the oldest in the United States.

    In 1758, the Church of England minister at St. Paul's decided to leave a gift to his parish as he prepared to retire. Reverend Standard, a wealthy man, ordered a bell for the church from London's Whitechapel Foundry (which also cast the "Liberty Bell.")

    When the American Revolution reached New York in 1776, General George Washington ordered the removal of bells from New York City's churches to be melted down and cast into cannon. However, the parishioners at St. Paul's hid their bell in order to save it. During the war, Hessian troops tore down the wooden church for firewood.

    When the war ended in 1783, the bell was returned and hung in the present stone church. Thereafter, it was rung for services and for the celebration of American Independence on July 4.

    The Tower Walks allow visitors a singular opportunity to come face to face with the bell's historic connections to the colonial celebration of the King's Birthday, the destruction of the Revolutionary War, and the celebration of the independence of the new nation.

Seasonality/Weather

Summers are warm and humid. Winters can range from mild to extreme depending on weather patterns. In heavy snow, the site is hard to reach due to challenging road conditions.

Directions

Driving

Small passenger vehicles take Exit 7, Boston Road, off the Hutchinson River Parkway, and follow directional signs to the site.

All other vehicles must take Interstate 95 to Exit #13, Conner Street, which is in the northern Bronx. Turn onto Conner Street. This would be a right if you've exited from I-95 South. If you've exited from I-95 North, make a left at the first traffic light off the exit onto Tilloston Avenue, and then a left at the next light, onto Conner Street. Proceed north on Connor Street about 1 mile. Conner changes names to Provost Street and, as you pass into Westchester County, it becomes South Third Avenue. About 1/4 miles after it becomes South Third, make a right at the Stop sign -- the Salvation Army is on the right corner -- onto So. Columbus Avenue. Then make a right into the St. Paul's driveway, which is just past the Salvation Army. FREE Parking is available at the site.

Public Transportation

By train: Lexington Ave IRT #5 Subway to Dyre Ave Station (Bronx). Service provided 7 days a week. By Bus: Route W-55 operates half-hourly from Dyre Ave station to St. Paul's Church. Or, walk north to E. 233rd Street, and make a right, going east on E. 233rd. Walk several blocks to Provost, and make a left onto Provost, heading north. Provost becomes S. 3rd Ave. Continue north on S. 3rd Ave., until Stop sign on right, at Salvation Army. Make a right at Stop sign, onto S. Columbus Ave. St. Paul's will be on your right on S. Columbus. Walk from the subway to the site should be about 15 minutes, approximately 2/3 of a mile.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(914) 667-4116

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