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First Baptist Owego
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History of Church Building The earliest Baptist services were held as occasional meetings in the woods or in worshippers’ homes. In 1831, the Baptist pioneers decided to organize a church of their own. They turned to ‘a building kept for a young ladies school’. Although this school was not named in the account of the time, it may well have been the Owego Female Seminary established in 1828 by Juliette Camp. In 1858, W.H. King referred to the site as being ‘on Front Street on the ground now occupied by Mr. Camp’s Foundry’. When the school could no longer be used for church activities, permission was obtained from the Sheriff to hold meetings in the Court House. The congregation met there at the time they were recognized as a church. Unfortunately, this arrangement was short-lived. On assembling for worship one Sabbath morning, they found the Deputy Sheriff had closed the door against them. In disappointment and dismay, they returned to their homes. They then sought and obtained permission from the Board of Supervisors to occupy the building. Although permission was granted, the Deputy once again locked them out. On October 8, 1831, a committee was appointed…
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