|Troy's One Hundred Years 1789-1889:
Woodside Presbyterian Church
WOODSIDE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH|
About the beginning of the year 1866, a Sunday-school, under the auspices of the
First Presbyterian Church, was organized in Mechanics' Hall, on the south side of
Mill Street. A number of Presbyterians interested in the school, who resided near the
Wynants Kill, having in view the organization of a church, on April 8th, 1867, engaged
the Rev. John TATLOCK of Williamstown, Massachusetts, to conduct religious services
and preach to them in Mechanics' Hall. At their request, a committee of the
Troy Presbytery organized there, on June 19th, the South Presbyterian Church of
Troy, with twenty-nine members.
On May 1st, 1868, the Rev. John TATLOCK resigned "his position as stated minister" of the congregation. The erection of a stone church and chapel was begun in May, that year, on the plot of ground on the north side of Mill Street, given the congregation by Henry BURDEN and Erastus CORNING. On September 16th, the corner-stone of the double building was laid. The name of the organization was then changed to that of the Woodside Presbyterian Church.
In June, 1869, the first services were held in the chapel. The handsomely-finished
church was dedicated on July 15th. Including the chapel at the north end of the church,
the expenditures made for the erection and furniture of the building were not less
than $75,000. A tablet set in the interior side of the south wall of the edifice
displays the following inscription:
Notes from Bill McGrath:
Note 1. The Albany Times Union recently ran a story on the closing services held at Woodside Presbyterian Church. The building is in disrepair, and the congregation has dwindled, so a decision was made to close the church.
Note 2. The article stated that the future of the property is unknown at this time, since they have to contact descendants of the BURDEN and CORNING families.
Note 3. I have never heard of Mechanics' Hall, and the only buildings I knew
of on the south side of Mill Street were residential houses. The book Troy's 100
Years has the following information on Mechanics' Hall: