Dover Stone Church by Alicia Crisp
What did I do for Thanksgiving? I went to church. The Stone Church in Dover, New York. Oh, you have never been there? Well if you have driven the stretch from Pawling to Amenia or Millerton on Route 22 you have driven right past it. Just 3/4 mile off the road in downtown Dover. You can park at the Dover Elementary school (if classes are not in session) or the Silver Screen Deli. Walk across the road and up the gravel driveway until you see the sign.
As you meander into the woods you will be greeted by another sign.
We were entering the forest carpeted with ferns and surrounded by hemlocks.
If you follow the path as we did you will be following a path people have taken since the 1600s. How interesting to be there on Thanksgiving Day and think back to the 1600s when an Indian tribe the Pequots came here to escape from the New Englanders.
Or to think about those New York City folk who came here by the droves in the 1830s to see the Stone Church and stay at the Stone Church Hotel. Some even got married at the stone church. And here we are in 2008 making our approach.
Did you know that in 1847 Hudson River School of Painting artist, Asher B. Durand, did a drawing of the Dover Stone Church. There are all sorts of facts out there you can find about the Stone Church. Just go to…
When this 58-acre property went on the market a few years back the owner approached our own Robert Ferris to market it. We are proud to say that Bob approached the Town of Dover to preserve this incredible space for everyone to be able to enjoy. The Town of Dover, the Dutchess Land Conservancy, and the Friends of the Dover Stone Church did the rest. Raised the funds to acquire the site and rebuilt the hiking trails.
We are currently marketing a property that adjoins the stone church. An 1820 cottage that enjoys gorgeous views of East Mountain and is totally and absolutely secluded. 30 Acres. Situated at the end of a town-maintained gravel road. Mere minutes to the Harlem Valley Train Station. Only $750,000.
And now that the secret of the Stone Church is out and just maybe you will get a chance to visit in the future, please remember the following. Take out what you take in and don’t take out anything other than great memories of a beautiful, local, natural wonder!