1853 Church – Cobleskill, NY

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Added to OHD on 6/13/16   -   Last OHD Update: 10/26/19   -   15 Comments

2155 State Route 165, Cobleskill, NY 12043

  • $25,000
  • 2070 Sq Ft
  • 0.35 Ac.
Quaint, country church with charm. Still has 24 curved pews, wainscoting on the ceilings, hardwood floors, lovely stained glass windows and a bell that works! Oil hot air heat, but no well and septic. Potential galore wherever your imagination will take you!
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Sandy Poole, RealtyUSA
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15 Comments on 1853 Church – Cobleskill, NY

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  1. SueSue says: 1160 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1802 Cape

    Awww, this makes me sad. What a lovely little church. It seems a crime to change anything, especially those beautiful pews. What a gem.

  2. GeoffreyPS says: 104 comments

    The streetview shows an additional story on the bell tower that has been recently removed.

  3. Mr. K says: 1 comments

    Looks to be at one time an Episcopal Church. This on looks like the one the wife and I went to for 25 years in Illinois.

  4. JimHJimH says: 4867 comments
    OHD Supporter

    This beautiful building is the Dorloo Methodist Church, built when this hamlet was known as Seward Valley. The name Seward was taken by Seward’s Station up the road, so the Postal Service renamed the place Dorloo in 1900. Apparently the postmaster’s name of Dorlock was misread in Washington, and the church eventually took the new name as well. The church closed this year after 163 years, along with 3 other small Methodist churches in Schoharie County.
    Of the closure, a longtime church member noted her community has seen its general store and rural post office shuttered in recent years, and now the church.
    “Closing this church is going to put an end to everything our community stands for,” she said.

    • Tony says: 78 comments

      Yes…Welcome to upstate NY where allowing nothing new to the area is common. Once businesses stop coming…fresh money stops too!…These towns will and do dry up..I live in one now.

  5. KIMKIM says: 74 comments

    Maybe someone will pay to move it and keep it as a church. I agree, it would be a shame to re-purpose it.

    • GeoffreyPS says: 104 comments

      Brides don’t generally like churches without center aisles. I used to live in a town where only one church had a center aisle. It was the one that was always in use for weddings.

  6. BethanyBethany says: 3322 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    It doesn’t sound like the community could support this kind of business, but I right away thought of at least keeping it going as a venue–renting for weddings, etc.

  7. KevinB says: 133 comments

    the economic reality is unfortunately why so many of the old homes we see posted for sale are so dirt cheap.

  8. kathy stokes-phillips says: 215 comments

    no water or sewer? dont know if a well or septic system would be allowed? on such a small lot. could b an issue.

    • JosephFortHill says: 348 comments

      Don’t know the state/local rules, but in some areas you can have a tank that just has to get pumped. We looked at some waterfront properties (in Maine) where this was an option, and there is a small town church near me in Massachusetts that had this same issue – no feasible way of septic, so that’s what they did. Not something you want to do if you have high usage, but if you run as a store of some sort, would allow you to at least have a modicum of plumbing.

  9. chichipox says: 220 comments

    I’d bet it’s under a protection clause but the price would be worth it just to get my hands on those windows and a few of those pews.

  10. Lottie says: 393 comments

    Maybe a large church could pay to have this sweet little church dismantled and moved next to the larger church so it could function as a chapel and never run the risk of being closed again.

    As Lana said with the taxes running $4,000+ a year, over ten years there is $40,000+ down the drain. Would it cost over $40,000 to dismantle it? It sounds brutal to cut it up, especially that ceiling, and load it all on trucks and drive it thousands of miles maybe, but on the other hand the whole project could be a rebirth for this beautiful little church.

    After 163 years, it would be an act of love from the community to let this beautiful little church have wings and a new congregation. The worst outcome in my mind would be for the pews to be removed and the building re-purposed. If the building was moved next to a larger church, the water and septic system wouldn’t be an issue. Just my thoughts. Anyone who knows more about dismantling or moving a building know if this one is feasible?

  11. Kate Lawler says: 9 comments

    We have an old school house that belongs to the State now. It serves as a place for weddings, family reunions & other events & is only open seasonally. A bathroom & running water are essential for hosting any event. The state is responsible for up keep of the buildings & charges an amount for use of the property. Seems to be working well.

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