St. Thomas Episcopal Church (New Windsor, New York)

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St. Thomas Episcopal Church
St Thomas Episcopal Church, New Windsor, NY.jpg
Church in 2007
Nearest city Newburgh
Coordinates 41°28′14″N 74°01′03″W / 41.47056°N 74.01750°W / 41.47056; -74.01750Coordinates: 41°28′14″N 74°01′03″W / 41.47056°N 74.01750°W / 41.47056; -74.01750
NRHP reference # 06000566[1]
Added to NRHP July 12, 2006

St. Thomas Episcopal Church is located on River Road in New Windsor, New York, a short distance off US 9W. It is part of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The small stone building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.


The congregation of St. Thomas Episcopal Church was organized about 1728, and initially met at Ellison's store. The parish was established in 1818 and the first church building was erected on land bequeathed by Thomas Ellison.[2] A rectory was built in 1859, but sold in 1864.[3]

St. George's Episcopal Church in Newburgh developed from New Windsor's St. Thomas.[4]


In 1844, the old church having been destroyed by fire, a new one was started in 1847 and completed in 1849[5] based on plans from a 1230 church in England. It is referred to as the “first Medieval Gothic Church in the United States". The granite stone came from rock blasted out of nearby Breakneck Mountain to create the tunnel for the Hudson River Railroad.[6]

A Tiffany landscape window called "Calvary" was added in 1906.[6]