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Baptist Church of Scotia, Scotia, NY

Baptist Church of Scotia

In the years before 1840, Baptists in Scotia-Glenville had to travel to Burnt Hills if they wanted to worship in a Baptist Church. John Closson, a blacksmith, invited a pastor to come preach in Scotia, and the 70 or 80 people who came to hear him became the very first congregation of the Baptist Church of Scotia. They organized in 1840 and dedicated their first church in 1872. Jacob S. McCullum was the first pastor. The church was the westernmost building in Scotia until 1870, when the Mohawk school was built next door. Additions were made to the church in 1905 and 1915. In 1928, the east lot was purchased and the Sunday School and recreation building was built, giving the premises its current appearance.

Written by Maggie Smith
Photography by Thad Raushi and Maggie Smith

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