1822 Historic Converted Church Home near NYC – River Views! Wineries! Women’s Rights!

  • $239,000
2098 River St, Lisle, NY 13797, USA
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1822 Historic Converted Church Home near NYC – River Views! Wineries! Women’s Rights!

2098 River St, Lisle, NY 13797, USA
  • $239,000

Description

“The traveler finds himself [or herself] suddenly inspired with new hope, on catching view of the four-pronged top of the meeting house; assured of having discovered where civilization abounds and where piety asserts its empire.”

Want to escape from it all? This soaring 1825 account describes a view of the magnificent First Congregational Church of Lisle, located on three quarters of an acre along the banks of a picturesque river only a short drive up Route 17 from NYC and on the winery route to Ithaca. This could be your weekend or full-time getaway, B&B or the most unique AirBnB!

More history below but the church ceased operation in 1957, was converted in the 1970s, and most upgrades have been recently made. These include but are not limited to:

*Installation of “forever” metal roofs/eaves on entire church & bell tower
*Installation of 3 high-efficiency Rinnai ductless furnaces
*Refurbishment of existing 90k btu coal blower furnace
*Rustic double-blade ceiling fans beneath balconies
*New electrical outlets & junctions throughout church
*Custom storm doors preserving original wood doors
*Addition of guest bedrooms on the lower level
*Upgraded plumbing (PEX) system, new appliances including High-capacity Samsung washer/dryer [New, under warranty].

The church is ready for new exterior Paint and, simultaneously, weathered siding repair at snow line. Seller may be willing to contribute toward the cost of repainting in the color of your choice.

Included in the purchase is an historical archive which includes the antique photo images in the listing, documentary research, press articles, and a museum-quality hand-rendered map of the area drawn circa 1830. An intact stained glass tile dating to 1822 conveys with the property, as well as several original pews and various hand-made pieces of 19th century cabinetry from the Southern Tier of New York and collected locally. The historical marker seen in photos does convey, but has been temporarily removed while a typographical error is corrected. In 2022, the church turns 200.

Built in 1822 (founded 1797) this postcard-pretty structure is the oldest edifice west of the Borscht Belt. It thrived for over a century and remains structurally as sound as the year it was christened. Among its congregants were “Ladies of Lisle” — the sorority of Suffragettes (see pics) who in 1918 became the FIRST women to vote in New York — and the family of oil baron John D. Rockefeller who was born a few miles northeast. Eventually, church membership declined and in 1957, it closed. The church was purchased by a family who converted it to a residence. Major changes included removing one of the two congregant stairwells to create a second-level full bath and placement of a large kitchen near the altar. Today, virtually unchanged in its exterior character, the building stands as an historical beacon and continues to inspire the traveler as it did two centuries ago. High above the main entrance, the church’s 954-pound bell still has the power to resonate. Occasionally the church is visited by those associated with its past, or who wish to photograph some of the church’s thirty arched stained glass windows. The most exquisite of them sits atop the altar: a triptych of the Resurrection gifted to the church in 1914, created by a Southern Tier artisan whose talents rivaled that of contemporaries Tiffany and LaFarge.

Please note there are no interments at the church. Many were married but none buried. Behind the church is a tall grassy levee for watching the Tioughnioga River flow past and perfect for sledding, but no cemetery. A marble headstone sits  in the yard but is a militaria collectible left by a family that occupied church in the 1980s-90s.

Fun Fact: Lore has it the church was once awarded a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest beam cut from a single piece of timber!

The VIMEO was shot BEFORE improvements, while the church was used as a live-in art gallery catering to those traveling to and from the five colleges and universities in Ithaca, only 20 minutes west.

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Details

Property ID
222319
3
Bedrooms
1
Bathroom
Square Footage
3100 sqft
Lot Size
0.75 acres
Year Built
1822
Style
Church
Updated on November 15, 2021 at 7:46 am

Address

  • Address 2098 River St.
  • City Lisle
  • State New York
  • Zip/Postal Code 13797
  • Country United States

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