In 2017 Bottskill Baptist Church celebrated its 250th anniversary.
Incorporated in 1767, Bottskill is the sixth oldest Baptist Church in New York State, pre-dating the founding of our country. During those 250 years, Bottskill has been at the center of several historic moments. Chester A. Arthur, the 21st president of the United States, sat in the pews while his father, Reverend William Arthur, preached as a pastor to the congregation. In 1854, author, orator, and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass filled the church “to a perfect jam” as he delivered an anti-slavery address years before the Civil War. It’s also important to recognizes that the church structure is part of the historic fabric that makes Greenwich an attractive place to live and to raise a family.
The church building has been a fixture in the community since 1865, with its steeple gracing the skyline of the village overlooking the Battenkill River. After undergoing extensive construction to repair failed roof trusses in 2017, the Bottskill Congregation is once again worshipping in this historic building, and welcome all to join us on Sunday mornings for fellowship.