St. Paul's Church National Historic Site, Mount Vernon

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#13 of 22 in Historic Sites in Westchester County
Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site is a United States National Historic Site located at 897 South Columbus Avenue in Mount Vernon, New York, just north of the New York City borough of The Bronx. The site was authorized in 1978 to protect Saint Paul's Church from increasing industrialization of the surrounding area. Saint Paul's Church is one of New York's oldest parishes and was used as a military hospital after the American Revolutionary War Battle of Pell's Point in 1776. The 5acre cemetery surrounding the church is also within the historic site and contains an estimated 9,000 burials dating from 1704.History of Saint Paul's ChurchThe parish that founded Saint Paul's Church was established in 1665. The first church at the site was a small, square, wooden structure built in 1695 and was known as the Church of Eastchester. The present day church was built in 1764, but its name was not changed to Saint Paul's Church until 1795.Election of 1733The election for an open seat in the New York assembly, held on the Village Green in Eastchester, Westchester County on October 29, 1733, is one of the better known political events in colonial America. Two hundred and seventy five years after the contest, historians continue to cite the election to advance various arguments about colonial life. One recent student used the election to argue for the persistent importance of monarchy in the outlook of colonists, while another scholar treated the voting as an important point in the development of political awareness among New York artisans. Many writers address the election, held at what is today St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, in Mt. Vernon, as part of the story of the printer John Peter Zenger, whose acquittal in a seditious libel case in 1735 is seen as a foundation of the free press in America. The first issue of Zenger’s New York Weekly Journal carried a lengthy report on the famous election, producing one of the few complete accounts of a colonial election available to historians.
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  • The site is small, but it's worth a visit. The outside of the church is beautiful and walking around the cemetery looking at all the old gravestones (some dating back to the 1700's) was very...  more »
  • The church is very interesting and filled with both interesting items and facts. The guide is very knowledgeable and knows a lot of interesting facts.The museum is also very interesting. I highly...  more »
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  • Really enjoyed our visit! Was a 45 min subway ride from midtown Manhattan then a 10-15 minute walk from the subway stop. We walked through a business/industrial area to get to the site, felt safe but it’s not scenic. Once we got to the site, we loved it. Since we were the only 2 visitors there at the time, got a private tour of the church and organ recital! Staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. The church and cemetery are a hidden gem and an interesting part of American history. Highly recommended it!
  • Great and interesting part of American history. The church and museum were good but what I really enjoyed was wandering around the cemetery looking at all the old grace stones. The staff is also incredibly friendly and excited to show you the sites. I highly recommend checking it out if you are in the area.

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