We are proud of our history which starts in 1778 when Ichabod Palmer and Einathan Noble settled in the Butternut Valley having come from Connecticut, which was strong in the faith of the Church of England. Immediately upon building his cabin, Ichabod began holding services for neighbors. “Neighbors” came by horseback or on foot from as far away as New Berlin on trails through the woods.

Early Years of Parish

Until 1797, the small parish was irregularly served by a variety of traveling ministers. In that year, Daniel Nash was ordained a Deacon by the Bishop of New York and immediately took his new bride to this parish. He decided to live in Exeter, and his early ministerial acts were...
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The Building of Zion Church

In July 1817, a committee formed consisting of Jacob Morris, Pascal Franchot, Volkart P. Renssselaer, Martin Noble and Benjamin Davis was appointed to make contract with Horatio T. McGeorge for building a stone church for $5,000 ($102,500 today). The land was given by Jacob...
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Post Civil War Renovations of Zion Church

The Butternut Valley enjoyed an economic boom after the Civil War for there was a rash of building. In 1868, Zion got an update. The center high pulpit was removed and a chancel added with an organ room on one side and a vestry room on the other. A chapel was added below. Pascal...
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All Saints Chapel

All Saints’ Memorial Chapel and its adjacent cemetery is located about 4 miles south of the village of Morris on route 51.  The small stone Gothic Revival church was built circa 1866 on the Morris family estate.  The chapel cemetery is a final resting place for descendants...
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The Tower, The Bell & The Clock

Horatio McGeorge designed the Zion tower with supports for a bell and a clock, as he did one year later for the New Lisbon Church up the valley. Shortly after Zion was completed, the bell arrived. Both Zion’s and New Lisbon’s bell were cast by the Whitechapel Bell...
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Zion’s Four Mission Churches

By the end of the 19th Centuy, Zion Church was sponsoring 4 mission churches: All Saints Chapel at The Manor, St Stephens in Maple Grove, The New Lisbon Church and one in West Laurens. St. Stephens – Maple Grove St Stephens – Maple Grove Zion Church was sponsoring...
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