Steeped in History

Our congregation began in 1697 in the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, made famous by Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." We worship there on summer Sundays.

A community of faith

We gather as friends to grow more deeply in faith, to educate our children in the Good News of a loving Savior, and to worship an Almighty God.

Come as you are

People from many different traditions have a spiritual home in the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns. We come together before God and one another just as we are.

Worship Schedule

10:30 a.m. Sunday, Town Clock Church, 42 N. Broadway, Tarrytown

Youth Program

Children experience God's love in learning and social activities.

Discipleship

We grow in faith through prayer, study, music and service.

Events Calendar

Check out events at the Clock Church and Old Dutch Church.

 

About Us

We're the continuing congregation of the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow. We worship in the historic church in summer. We're now meeting in our "winter home," the "Town Clock Church" in Tarrytown. We'd be delighted to meet you there.

Easter Sunday at the Town Clock Church

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Welcome

We are glad to meet you here, but candidly, we'd much prefer to meet you in person. Consider this my invitation to join us on a Sunday morning when we worship at 10:30 a.m. at the Clock Church, 42 North Broadway,Tarrytown, N.Y.

You're  also welcome to just stop by the church office, where you can find me almost any morning.

The Rev. Jeffrey Gargano

Frequently Asked Questions...

What on earth is the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns?

In the 17th century, Dutch explorers began to settle along the Hudson River. One of the earliest large landholders was Frederick Philipse, who built his manor house and grist mill on the Pocantico River, near where it spills into the Hudson in present-day Sleepy Hollow. In 1685 he built a church on a grassy knoll about 200 yards from his manor house, on a site long used as a burial ground. Constructed of fieldstone, local timber and flat, yellow bricks from Holland, the church remains today essentially as it was built: octagonal at one end, with a belfry. In 1697, the church was officially organized and a pastoral call went out to Domine Guilliam Bertholf, a well-known Dutch Reformed minister. He consented to travel from his home in Hackensack, N.J., three or four times a year to preach and administer the sacraments. The rest of the year, services were led by lay leaders.

Reformed from what?

The Dutch Reformed Church was renamed the Reformed Church in America in 1867, and now has a thousand congregations spread across North America. We are called Reform--think Reformation--as the heirs of the reformers of the Christian (Roman Catholic) Church in the 16th century. We have sister churches throughout the world. Some Reformed churches call themselves Presbyterian. Our Reformation cousins include Lutherans, Mennonites, Baptists, Episcopalians and others.

What's the style of worship at the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns?

We honor tradition, but we work to make it meaningful in our fast-paced world. You'll be warmly welcomed wherever you are on your spiritual journey.

Where is worship held and when? 

From September to mid-June we worship in the Clock Church in Tarrytown at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. From mid-June til after Labor Day we worship at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow at 10:00 a.m. Sundays. 

Why two churches?

The Old Dutch congregation built the Clock Church in 1837 to serve members from Tarrytown who preferred to worship closer to home (and in a well-heated, well-lit building; to this day the Old Dutch has only a wood-burning stove for heat and only candles for light.) Some members continued to meet in the Old Dutch, even after the new church was built, and eventually the tradition of meeting in Old Dutch in summer was established.

But why the Reformed Church of the TarrytownS?

In 1854 a second new church was built in North Tarrytown by the Old Dutch congregation, and the remaining Old Dutch congregation moved into it. Then, in the early 1990s, when the Reformed congregations in North Tarrytown and Tarrytown decided to merge due to declining memberships and sell the North Tarrytown church, they needed a new name inclusive of both church congregations. They chose the Reformed Church of the Tarrytowns. Just a few years later, North Tarrytown was renamed Sleepy Hollow, but the congregation decided to keep its name unchanged. Few know it but Washington Irving was the first to use the name Sleepy Hollow for the area, in his "Legend of Sleepy Hollow."
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hats On for First-Sunday Brunch Celebrating the Kentucky Derby

New in Town?

The Reformed Church has been engaged in the Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown community since 1697, first at the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow and continuing at the Town Clock Church in Tarrytown. The first meeting of the YMCA was held here, and the local Boy Scout Troop has had its home here for more than 60 years. Our New Beginnings Nursery School provides children with a great early educational opportunity in a loving and gentle environment. Five recovery groups meet in our building. We host concerts and recitals throughout the year, and our congregation supports the local food pantry, the Midnight Run, and several denominational ministries. We would be honored for you to join us on a journey of faith and service as we grow together.

 

Photos: Janie Allen, Renee Chillemi, Lauren McBride, Nanette Malera, Rachael Gargano and Moira Gargano. Recording artist: Rufus Wainwright

RCT Window Featured on the 'Tiffany Trail'


The Rev. John Knox Allen Memorial Window is featured in "The Irvington-Hudson River Tiffany Trail" now online. It is one of 13 sites in the Lower Hudson Valley where one may see stained glass windows created by Louis Comfort Tiffany, America's most famous and popular artist in glass. Click on the image to view the site.

An Overview

A unique video tour of the church and town, courtesy of Jeremy Goldsmith.

Reformed From What?

What can I expect when I attend a service? Do you still hold services at the Old Dutch Church? Why do you add an "s" to Tarrytown? Answers to your questions.

“The great thing to remember is that though our feelings come and go, God's love for us does not."

       - C.S. Lewis