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Brook Pres. Church Restoration & Preservation Fund

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Brook Presbyterian Church, in Hillburn NY, is a historical church with a rich Native American/African American history. Starting as a traveling bible meeting in 1855, hosted by the residents of the Ramapo Mountains, Brook Church has maintained its inclusive ministry.
     It's first permanent home was a one room church/school house for "colored" residents of the Ramapo Mountains. That building was located at 158 Sixth street in Hillburn, NY. In the early 1890's a new church was built down the hill at 116 Sixth Street, where it is now.  
     Through the decades Brook has maintained it's family ties. Names like DeFeese, Degroat, Alexander, Osterhoudt, Mann, to name a few, have graced the pews for generations.
     Traditions, like the locally famous Brook Church Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner, have served Hillburn and the surrounding communities for over 130 years.
     The families of Brook along with a young Thurgood Marshall led the fight that, ultimately and without fanfare, desegregated the Hillburn school in 1943, 11 years before Thurgood Marshall's landmark case, Brown vs. The Board of Education.
     Through depression and pandemic, Brook Presbyterian Church has continued to serve the community guided by God's word and blessing.
     Join us as we enter into a new chapter of Brook Church history. With God's grace and the support of the community, Brook Church will be undergoing some major and seriously needed renovations.  Our ultimate goal is to restore Brook to it's historical glory and preserve the traditions and customs of our blended genealogy. 

Brook is recognized as the one Native American Presbyterian Church in the Hudson River Presbytery and is one of five in the Northeast Synod.


  • Dianne Clark
    • $100 
    • 2 mos
  • Suzanne Conklin Akbari
    • $200 
    • 5 mos
  • Tela Troge
    • $100 
    • 5 mos
  • Francis Avery
    • $50 
    • 1 yr
  • Purbita Saha
    • $50 
    • 2 yrs

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Brook Presbyterian Church
Hillburn, NY
Elizabeth Cadet
Team member

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