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Historic church in Cayuga County gets $6,000 grant for steeple repairs

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The First Presbyterian Church of King Ferry in Cayuga County is among 22 recipients of the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Grants, securing a $6,000 award for steeple repairs. This historic religious institution is known for its significant community contribution and its long history dating back to its initial organization as a Congregational church in 1798. The church, which permanently affiliated with the Cayuga Presbytery in 1868, has served the community from its existing structure since 1847, with considerable renovations made in 1872.

Peg Breen, President of The New York Landmarks Conservancy, highlighted the essential role of such grants, stating, “Our grants help maintain historic religious institutions that often anchor their communities.” Beyond its religious services, the King Ferry Church has a robust community presence, engaging about 150 community members through activities like bi-monthly blood drives and pancake breakfasts. The church also hosts the town’s annual Memorial Day service and serves as the location for the Genoa Historical Association’s annual “Over 80 Birthday Party” ice cream social.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Program has been supporting religious institutions since 1986, issuing over 1,600 matching grants to 840 institutions, with a cumulative total nearing $15 million. These grants ensure the preservation and continued utility of significant religious landmarks throughout the state.