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Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site (Pell's Point)

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Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site (Pell's Point)
http://www.nps.gov/sapa/  
897 South Columbus Avenue
Mt. Vernon, NY 10550
Phone: (914) 667-4116

Hours: Open All Year Round:
Monday to Friday 9 AM – 5PM Closed on Federal Holidays.
Please call about special weekend programs.

Historical Description:

St. Paul's Church was one of New York's oldest parishes (1665-1980). The first church was a simple square wooden building, called the Church of Eastchester, built in 1695. A new church was built in 1763; its name was changed to St. Paul in 1795. Following the Battle of Pell's Point, the half-finished church served as a hospital for the British and their Hessian allies, who used the old church for firewood. In 1825, the Marquis de LaFayette visited St. Paul's cemetery to pay respects to his friend Philip Pell, who is buried there. The Battle of Pell's Point, fought a mile from the church on October 18, 1776, was instrumental in keeping the British from attacking General George Washington's army, as it moved from New York City to the safety of White Plains.

The Site:

St. Paul's Church National Historic Site is located on 6.13 acres of Federal Land in Mount Vernon. Facilities include a visitor center, various exhibits, historic cemetery, and a museum.

Directions:

Take Interstate 95 to Exit #13, Conner Street, which is in the northern Bronx or Route 9 North to Baychester Avenue exit. Turn left onto Baychester and take next left onto Conner Street. Continue straight across Boston Post Road onto Provost Avenue. Provost becomes South Third Avenue. Turn Right at Columbus Avenue. Church is on right.

Research Patron: Atwood Collins

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