St. John's Wilmot Church (New Rochelle, New York)

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St.John's Wilmot Church is an Episcopal parish in New Rochelle, New York.

St. John's Wilmot Church

The church is located at the intersection of North Avenue and Wilmot Road, it was built as a "chapel of ease" for people who found it too difficult to travel five miles to Trinity Church on the southern end of town.[1] Officially founded on May 1, 1858, the church was built in 1859 in the Carpenter Gothic style. St. John's Wilmot Church was incorporated under the laws of New York State December 8, 1860.

St. John's was the location of the first public school in New Rochelle. It was established under the provisions of the Act of April 9, 1795, the first public school law passed by the State of New York. The school house was built between 1830 and 1840, replacing an original single room school built in 1795. In 1922, the New Rochelle School Board transferred its students to the Roosevelt School. The Church purchased the property in 1943 for use as a Sunday school and clergy offices.[2] As of 2008, the St. John's congregation had about 75 members.[2]

Artist Norman Rockwell was a member of the St. John's congregation. His children were baptized in the church.[3]


  1. ^ "A Quick Look Back in Time", St. John's Wilmot website, retrieved May 13, 2008 
  2. ^ a b "St. John's Cherishes its Past, and Looks to the Future", St. John's Wilmot website, retrieved May 13, 2008 
  3. ^ "The Little White Church on the Hill", St. John's Wilmot website, retrieved May 13, 2008 

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