The First Dutch Reformed Church of Fishkill
Main Street Fishkill, NY 12524
Hours: Church has no posted hours Graveyard M-F until dusk, Sunday afternoons
The Dutch Reformed Church dates back to 1716, when its congregation was formed and this beautiful church was constructed in 1731. Originally built with stonewalls and portholes in the upper story for protection against the Indians, the church was later used during the American Revolution as a meeting place for the New York Provincial Congress from 1776 to 1777. In September of 1776, it was in the Dutch Reform Church that the New York Provincial Congress drafted the constitution for the state. During the height of the American Revolution the church acted as a prison and housed Tory prisoners including Enoch Crosby.
The Church is well known for its historic cemetery that is the resting place of many American Revolution soldiers. The cemetery is still in use, and one can view the elaborate tombstones that make this site famous. After the American Revolution ended in 1783, the original church was enlarged and remodeled. The stone walls remain 36 to 42 inches thick and the spire rises to 120 feet with a golden cock on top of the steeple to symbolize Peter's denial of Jesus; thus reminding its congregation to be faithful.
The Church is located on Main Street in Fishkill, New York. It can be easily reached from I-84 by using the Route 9 Exit (Exit 13). After exiting, go north on 9 for about .7 miles. The Church is located on the left where Route 52 and Route 9 intersect.
Research Patron: Todd and Beverly Brinckerhoff