Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy in Canandaigua for church rededication

Posted at: 03/10/2013 10:00 AM
Updated at: 03/10/2013 11:35 PM

A church in Canandaigua recognized a very special milestone on Sunday.

Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy joined Mayor Ellen Polimeni as the city rededicated its oldest public building.

Joel Hibbard, of the First Congregational Church, says the rededication for the church occurred exactly 200 years after the building was first dedicated in 1813.

Hibbard says the First Congregational Church has a rich history. Builders had to take precautions and work at night while it was first being erected, due to the risk of the British attacking from Canada during the War of 1812.

Hibbard also tells News10NBC the church has been the site for numerous community events over the years. From peace rallies during that war to a community memorial service after the death of President Abraham Lincoln and the annual Martin Luther King celebration.

Duffy spoke to the congregation on Sunday about the role this church has played in the community in the last 200 years.

"Its history during the Civil War and subsequent wars and throughout the history of the state and country is really profound. And a church is a center of community life, of worship, and this beautiful church has done a beautiful job throughout the last 200 years,” said Duffy.

The First Congregational Church is actually about two decades older than the City of Rochester.