Clinton Corners Friends Church

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Clinton Corners Friends Church
Clinton Corners Friends Church Nov 11.jpg
Clinton Corners Friends Church, November 2011
Clinton Corners Friends Church is located in New York
Clinton Corners Friends Church
Clinton Corners Friends Church is located in the US
Clinton Corners Friends Church
Location Salt Point Tnpk./Main St., Clinton Corners, New York
Coordinates 41°49′54″N 73°45′41″W / 41.83167°N 73.76139°W / 41.83167; -73.76139Coordinates: 41°49′54″N 73°45′41″W / 41.83167°N 73.76139°W / 41.83167; -73.76139
Area less than one acre
Built 1890
Architect Freeman, George Randolf; Shaw & Harris
MPS Dutchess County Quaker Meeting Houses TR
NRHP reference # 89000305[1]
Added to NRHP April 27, 1989

Clinton Corners Friends Church is a historic Society of Friends meeting house on Salt Point Turnpike/Main Street in Clinton Corners, Dutchess County, New York. It is located directly across the street from the Creek Meeting House and Friends' Cemetery. The congregation originated during the Quaker schism of 1828 when Friends Creek Meeting split into Hicksite and Orthodox meetings (Orthodox referring to mainstream Protestant practices).

The Orthodox meeting moved about a mile north of Clinton Corners to the Shingle Meeting House[2] located on the grounds of the current Friends Upton Lake Cemetery. The Orthodox meeting grew as they welcomed Protestants from other denominations and began to refer to themselves as a "church" [3]. In 1890 they moved back into the village to the current location and built a one-story, rectangular frame building on a stone foundation right across from the still active Creek Meeting. In 1916, feeling the need for more space, this building was move further from the road and a Shingle Style rectangular structure with a jerkin-head gable roof was built and attached to front of relocated 1890 structure. The former 1890 meeting room was converted into a gym and dining hall for community suppers. A small addition in the 1920s at the back included a stage. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

In the mid 1970s the congregation aligned with Evangelical Friends and started a school. By the mid 1980s the congregation had aligned with the Evangelical Free Church of America and the last services in the building were held in 1986[4]. The building soon after became a private residence.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Town of Clinton An Historical Review 1959, page 5
  3. ^ A Short History of Oswego Monthly Meeting, page 22
  4. ^ Clinton Corners Evangelical Free Church website, history page