We chose the church for several reasons,” says Daniel Bowman, Jr. who married his wife, Bethany, at the Fort Herkimer Church on June 6, 1998. Pastor Dr. Thomas Worth performed the ceremony, and approximately 150 people attended the event.
First, Beth’s grandparents lived next door and owned the land from 5S all the way to the canal (a large field in which we used to play softball in the summer). She grew up playing there, occasionally wandering over to the churchyard, in awe of the building and the graves from the 1700s. There was always a deep sense of romance and history for her. For me, I knew that the church predated the American Revolution. So did my family’s presence in the Mohawk Valley. My family was one of the original Palatine families to come to New York, during the 1709-1710 migration. To connect to the family history by being married in the Fort Herkimer church was very satisfying-a unique opportunity".
"What we enjoyed most about getting married there included bringing friends from out of town to a site filled with history. Even some of our local friends and family had never been inside the church and so our wedding had an added intrigue as guests arrived, looked around curiously, and asked questions about the place. The building itself contains some great historical touches, such as the “hanging pulpit,” which we incorporated into the service by asking our readers to ascend and read from it. (The pastor performed the ceremony on the ground level.) Also, the doors on the pews are a unique feature that you don't see in later churches. And another rarity for today’s churches-many historic individuals and families are buried in the cemetery right in the yard. Our receiving line took place outside not just among the wedding party and attendees, but among those who lived on the shores of the Mohawk River 250+ years before. Now when we return to the Valley to visit family around the holidays, we often attend the Thanksgiving service at the church.