PHOTOS: No Congregation for Historic Noyac Church [Empty in Southampton]

Circa-1920 St. James Episcopal Church languishes along Noyac Road.

A 1920 era church in Noyac has seen many better Sundays in its history, but these days it's little more than a roadside emblem of forgotten local history.

Located at 2689 Noyac Road, the former St. James Episcopal Church sits on the border of the , its doors boarded up, windows smashed and vents infested by bees.

The structure is one of many in the Noyac area identified as historic and in need of restoration, according to a Noyac Hamlet study conducted for the Town of Southampton's master plan in 2004.

Check out our gallery and let us know in the comments if you'd like to see the church preserved.

Richard M. Kostura April 05, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Who is the current owner of the church/property?
Brendan J. O'Reilly April 06, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Sally Spanburgh left a comment at my Facebook profile: "I think it was built in 1913. And I also think its use was changed to single family dwelling some years back. Needs some help though for sure!!"
Brendan J. O'Reilly April 06, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Got several comments via Southampton Patch's Facebook page: Scott McKay said, "Restore it, I cant believe it's even standing, this should be taken care of" Renaissance Southampton said, "Community playhouse!" Scott MacWhinnie said, "New Bay Street theatre" Arthur Harkin said, "Park ranger sub station."
Bruce April 06, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I read something about it 5-7 years ago. It was going to be converted to a single family dwelling. I think it also has a decent lot size. Nothing has come of it it as yet. Cool little building that would make a nice summer cottage if restored.
bchbum11968 April 06, 2012 at 06:39 PM
It was built in 1913 to serve the Noyac, Sag Harbor, & North Sea summer communities. The land belonged to Ada Pierson Wilson and she donated it to the Episcopal Church to build the Chapel. It was abandoned during WW 2 and was reopened in the summer of 1981. The Episcopal Bishop of LI wanted to try and renew services and develop a congregation. Episcopal Services were held on Sat evening and Sunday am for several years during the summer months. At the time I believe it was owned by the Episcopal Diocese of LI. and St John's Episcopal Church in Southampton was in charge of it. St. John's ended it's involvement in 1984 and the Suffolk Deanery continued for a few more years. In 1987 the Bishop closed the Chapel. I do not know who owns this property now , I think the Diocese had sold it years ago. I think it should be restored, it's a beautiful little church. There is no heat and I am sure it's pretty run down, it was in the 80's when we worked on it.


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