Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
~Highgate Falls, VT~

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St. John's Church was built in 1829-1830 by Joel Whitney of Enosburg. In 1835, the chancel and vestry room were added through the generosity of S. W. and S. S. Keys. In 1836, the church was presented with a bell, a font of Italian marble, a silver communion service and books for the altar, and lectern and pulpit by the Hon. Heman Allen, a son of Heber Allen, nephew of Ethan and adopted son of Ira.

The organ was built by Henry Erben of New York City in 1836. It has the distinction of being the oldest unaltered pipe organ in Vermont in its original location. It was designed to make the most of just three stops: an 8' Stopped Diapason, a 4' Principal, and an 8' Trumpet. Using the organ requires an assistant to hand pump the lever that operates the bellows, to the delight of younger members of the parish who often do the pumping.

The building is conventional classic in form yet gothic in its pointed windows. The palladian window over the front door is a variation of many others found in Vermont.

The church was consecrated and dedicated to St. John the Apostle by Bishop John H. Hopkins, Bishop of Vermont, on May 21, 1834. St. John's Church had a resident rector until 1896 when it joined with Holy Trinity Church, Swanton.

This historical church is presently under renovation of a new roof and interior painting until 2024; check with the office for updates. In the past, St. John's has been used for weddings, Evensong services and concerts in the summer. Holy Trinity Church in Swanton is now faithfully watching over the church and sees to any events or concerns. You can call to schedule events at 802-868-7185 or email office@holytrinityswanton.org.

Directions: From Swanton take Rte. 78E 4.3 miles to right onto Highgate Road/Rte. 207 for about a half mile, the church is on the left around a small park. From St. Albans take Rte. 7 to the interstate access exit 20, turn onto Rte. 207N for about seven miles to the church on the right of a small park.

Organist Erik Kenyon tuning the trumpets
on the old manual pump pipe organ with helpers, Conner and Zachery in 2011.

Drew on the manual pump.

Organ Historical Society concert in 2013.

Taize service in 2014.

Citizen's Band concert in 2014.

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