Updated 03/10/2013 04:21 PM
Canandaigua Church Celebrates Bicentennial
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The oldest public building in Canandaigua was re-dedicated Sunday.
It was 200 years to the day since its original dedication. Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy was on hand to present a plaque at the service at the Canandaigua First Congregational
Children from their Sunday School presented a time capsule. The small congregation started in 1799. Back then they met in barns and homes until the current church was built at a cost of nearly $13,000.
"This church has incredible history," said Lt. Governor Bob Duffy. "It was built during the War of 1812 and those who built the church here had to build it during the day and drill at night in case the British Army attacked Canandaigua."
The church was designated a National Landmark by the US Department of the Interior in 1958.