Sunday, September 18, 2011

St. John's Church, Cold Spring Harbor, LI, NY

Welcome to Greenleaf, Indiana, folks.  Yes, I know what it says on top, but this is the church that hosted the ill-fated wedding of Howard Brackett (Kevin Kline) and Emily Montgomery (Joan Cusack) in the film "In and Out."  Only the exterior was filmed here at St. John's Church and I will include the clip from the film in my links below.  The opening scene from the movie was filmed in the neighboring town of Northport.

According to the Church's website, most of the property that St. John's stands on was once the estate of John Jones.  At his death, two members of the family Joshua L. Jones and Charles H. Jones donated this land instead of money.  At the same time, however, members of the same family, fifteen to be exact, voted and raised two thousand dollars to build this church on September 4, 1831.

The architect was Smith Sammis and construction began in 1835.  The building was consecrated on April 5, 1837 by the Reverend Benjamin Treadwell Onderdonk.

As the church expanded, more land was needed and was gladly given by the Jones family.  St. John's Memorial Cemetery, one miles to the west  on Route 25A in Laurel Hollow, was deeded to the church in 1862.   It is a beautiful cemetery designed by the Olmstead Brothers. Many famous people are buried there, including the philanthropist Otto H. Kahn, former owner of Oheka Castle.  Be sure to check out my blog on Oheka Castle for more information.

If you want to check out the Jones' family cemetery, it's opposite the church, but you'll have to walk uphill. It's crumbling, but it's interesting to see.  All of Long Island's prominent families are buried here:  Hewletts, Seamans, Youngs  and of course, Jones. 

The rectory was built when the last surviving Jones' sisters donated their 1698 home to the church.  When the church couldn't afford to buy the pond in the 1930's, the Jones family offered to put up most of the money.  The church was able to buy the rest.

The church has survived 170 years and its congregation includes 400 families and there is not a Jones among them.  It's a lovely church and looks like it belongs in New England rather than on Long Island.  There is a fish hatchery next door and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory across the street. 

Here are the links:

Official site of St. John's Church in Cold Spring Harbor.  A more detailed history can be found under About.  There you will find a pull down menu.  This is the site that I got my information from.
Scene from "In and Out" showing St. John's Church

 Cold Spring Harbor Labs

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery

Here is a link to the St. John's Memorial Cemetery in Laurel Hollow, LI, NY. Explains the history

Link to Oheka Castle:

1 comment:

  1. What a gorgeous church!! It certainly does look like it belongs somewhere in the New England states. I assume the pond in the movie is the actual one. Another place I would love to see! :o)