“Give me that Olde Tyme Religion”

Event: Civil War era Sabbath Service

When: Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 11 am.

Where: Historic Cobblestone Church in Childs (14389 Ridge Road West – near the intersection of rte.s 98 and 104)


Come and experience an 1865 Universalist worship service as Pastor Lee Richards (in the period costume of an itinerant preacher) speaks to the topics of abolition, healing the wounds of war, and reconstruction. Feel free to come in 1860’s attire yourself!

With assistance from Matt Ballard, director of the Cobblestone Museum, Lee has designed a service that would be typical in content and style to one locals might have encountered in late June of 1865. Don’t worry – there won’t be a two-hour-long extemporaneous sermon, but it will be long enough to give the flavor of what New York Universalist ministers would be communicating from their pulpits at that time.

ccIt was a tumultuous moment in history. President Lincoln had been assassinated on April 14th. Even though the war officially ended on May 9th, the last shots weren’t fired until June 22nd. Questions swirled through the newspapers about the treatment of former slaves and Confederate soldiers and the eight people on trial for conspiring to kill Lincoln. Union soldiers were slowly being mustered out to return home. Reconstruction in the South, and resumption of normalcy in the North, was on everyone’s minds. And like any war, the question of “Where is God in all this?” needed an answer.

This event is free and open to all. Please note a free will offering will be accepted and loose cash in the offering plate will be donated to the Cobblestone Museum to assist in upkeep of the building.

The Cobblestone Church is part of the Cobblestone Museum located in Childs, New York (formerly Fairhaven, NY), near the intersection of rte.s 98 and 104. The street address is 14389 Ridge Rd West, Albion, NY 14411. The Cobblestone Church was erected in 1834 as a Universalist church.


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