In 1861, Erastus Bishop or Darius Stevens would have pointed out Turn of River as, running all the way from Simsbury to Weed's Store, the latter being across the present site of Martha Hoyt School. The North Stamford Road passed northward through the community. Toward the west was Long Ridge Road. These dirt roads were connected by Wire Mill Road, just north of the river and Cedar Heights Road (then known as Sodom) south of the river. Old North Road (now Vine Road) ran off to the east.
It was a small rural community of no more than a dozen families of good New England Protestant stock.The need of a place of worship was soon felt in the growing community.
On March 26,1861, the Town Clerk entered a notice of the first meeting of a Religious Society, composed of only four people. They were incorporated in the same year. The Society concentrated on the express purpose of erecting a chapel, to be used by all religious evangelical denominations.
At the second meeting of the Society, John and Emily Webb deeded a piece of their land for the Church. Finally, in January, 1862, the crude, single room Church building was dedicated. Jonathan Buxton built the pews of walnut. The old sugar loaf stove, the big fuel box, and the shelf for the lanterns at the rear were familiar sights to the parishioners.
The minister was secured in 1885 with services at 7:30 PM on Sunday evenings. At the same time a Ladies Aid Society was begun. In 1889 a Sabbath School was organized. And so this Religious Society grew.
In September, 1907 the Union church was established. Through the initiative of Dr. Frank Barnes, two services were held each Sunday; one in the morning and one in the evening. A year later the old Society was an organized church complete with officers and the Union Church was open to all that wanted to worship.
Today we belong to a group of 11,573 churches known as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a denomination with membership of 2,895,706. Our congregation is small but vital, with members ranging in age from newborn to ninety.
Turn of River Church
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HISTORY OF THE CHURCH