Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A Visit to Plymouth Church

One of my favorite days this winter was spent walking in Brooklyn and Plymouth Church was one of the sights I most enjoyed seeing. This historic congregation, a major stop on the Underground Railroad in New York City, was founded in 1847 by New Englanders who wanted a Congregational Church like the ones in which they were accustomed to worship. It was founded, and remains, in beautiful Brooklyn Heights. 
 
The founding members called Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, and social reformer, to lead their church. The congregation was an active one and welcomed candidate Abraham Lincoln, three weeks after campaigning in New Hampshire.

 The stained glass windows are not only beautiful, but have deep historical significance. They depict scenes of personal liberty, political liberty and religions liberty.
 
 This scene is a few blocks from the church. The neighborhood is tree-lined and light-filled, with many historic brownstones still standing.
 
Today there is not a drop of snow left in New York City, though yesterday was cold, icy and snowing. I spent the day doing many errands for my trip to Peru. I started planning this last summer, and in less than two days I will be leaving for Lima. I feel more organized that I have for most trips, and thankfully my insect repellant and mosquito repellant bracelet -- great reviews on Amazon -- arrived tonight. I'm not sure how often I will blog, but I will try to post pictures on Facebook. If anyone would like to connect there, just leave me a comment, and I will be in touch.
 
As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care.
 


11 comments:

Mimi said...

I loved these photos. Just beautiful. Such rich history there. Enjoy your trip. The only way I'll visit Peru is through your photos! So have some fun for me!

Marilynn Smith said...

Have a fabulous trip! I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures from Peru.

Deanna Rabe said...

I look forward to seeing your photos Carol! Have a wonderful trip!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Another favorite place of mine, Carol. If you can, go inside on a tour or visit one day. There is an actual piece of Plymouth Rock on display and many artifacts on Henry Ward Beecher.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I guess with all this news of the new mosquito virus, it is wise to bring repellent with you on this trip. Stay well, stay safe, and stay happy on your new adventure.

Denise said...

Have a great trip. I doubt that I will ever get around to visiting South America. Off to Europe again this year.

From the Kitchen said...

I love neighborhoods like this. They are always a highlight of wherever I travel. Have a wonderful trip. I look forward to your posts.

Best,
Bonnie

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I never realized that Harried Beecher Stowe and William Ward Beecher were related. They are two of my favorites when it comes to quotes. I hope your trip is wonderful ! At least it should be warm there.

Crystal Collier said...

We lived in NYC for a while--in the Rockaways right next door to Brooklyn. There's so much history there and so many things to see.

goodnightgram said...

What a lovely tour of the neighborhood. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful trip!

Susie said...

Buttercup, you are gone by now. I am hoping you had a safe trip and come back safely too. I love your tour thru that little part of Brooklyn. I would one day love to walk that same area. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie