St. John’s Beach

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Skaneateles, NY 13152
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St. John’s Beach
Bishop Frederic Cammerhoff and David Zeisberger, Moravian Missionaries, built the first Skaneateles shelter on this site
June 1750


By the Village of Skaneateles — 1999

What was there

Moravian missionary shelter during a 3-year missionary campaign in the Iroquois nation.

What is there now

St. James’ Episcopal Church and Thayer Park in Skaneateles.

More information

A bronze plaque on St. James Church further commemorates this event. It reads:

Here Bishop Frederic Cammerhoff and David Zeisberger, Moravian missionaries, built “The Pilgrims’ Hut at St. John’s Beach” on St. John Baptist’s Day, 1750.

Here also Col. Gansevoort’s hundred men bearing the American flag, rested September 22, 1779, on their eastward march from Sullivan’s Army.

Erected by the Onondaga Historical Association and the Women’s Village Improvement Association, 100th year, St. James’ Parish, 1915

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Matthew Conheady


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