New York USA
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OUR HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Greenville Community Reformed Church dates back to 1840 when a handful of Dutch farmers had a vision of a place of worship for the community. They were "long on faith and sacrifice, short on worldly goods." A local tavern owner by the name of Gilbert Underhill offered them his "tap room" as a place for them to worship. Mr. Underhill's interest in this group and his generosity continued to grow. In March of 1842 he deeded them enough property for a Church building along with an adjacent cemetery. The small group contracted to build a church, the first church to be built in Scarsdale, New York. On November 9, 1842, this small group of Christians dedicated a little white clapboard church, and they were formally recognized as a congregation of the Reformed Church.
The new church, then known as The Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Greenville, was located on what is now Central Avenue, just north of Old Army Road. There had been a rumor that a railroad was to be extended through the Greenville area. While the rumor proved to be untrue, the small but faithful congregation persevered to "sustain the gospel in this place" and the church building was remodeled and enlarged as needed over the years.
The 1920's brought about a turning point when "urban sprawl" turned the community into a suburb. Houses began to spring up, and the population increased significantly. Membership doubled and finances improved. In November of 1932, the congregation celebrated their 90th anniversary. This was a time of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for His divine guidance, which had sustained and preserved their church.
During the 1950's, the congregation out-grew the original church building. From a membership of 250 in 1944, the fellowship swelled to more than 600 by 1954 and Sunday school enrollment was up to 385. Recognizing the need for more space, the Consistory recommended the purchase of a seven-acre parcel of land on Ardsley Road, and the present brick Georgian church was built. A formal service was held on October 19, 1958 as the church was dedicated to the Glory of God.
The cemetery is located east of Old Army Road & Central Park Aveneue behind a strip mall. Long/Lat 41.0018, -73.81363