The First United Methodist Church traces its history to 1839, when circuit-preacher Samuel Smith held meetings on various Sundays [in private homes] in Saranac Lake, North Elba, Bloomingdale, Franklin Falls, Union Falls, Merrillsville, Vermontville and West Harrietstown. People came from all over to these meetings — some in boats, some with ox-team and some just plain walking. In 1840 there were about 75 members in the church.

According to the "Harrietstown" chapter of Frederick Joel Seaver's 1918 History of Franklin County, page 391, the first organized effort to build a church occurred about 1876 and was non-sectarian. "This society was called 'The People's Church,' and its trustees were Van Buren Miller, William F. Martin, Orlando Blood, Robert Smith and A. Fitch O'Brien. Though a lot was purchased for a church building, no pastor appears ever to have been employed, and the movement was abandoned in 1880, after the Methodists and Episcopalians had organized. The church lot was reconveyed to the grantor, and it is difficult now [c. 1918] to find anyone in the village who remembers that such an undertaking ever had existence."

Church of St. Luke, the Beloved Physician - Episcopal, Saranac Lake St. John's in the Wilderness Episcopal Church (seasonal) - Paul Smiths
First United Methodist Church, Saranac Lake First Presbyterian Church of Saranac Lake

The second St. Bernard's Church (burned & replaced)

- Catholic, Saranac Lake

Seventh Day Adventist Church (new building) - Saranac Lake
Saranac Lake Baptist Church, relocated to Broadway St. Regis Presbyterian Church (closed) - Keese Mills
Jewish Community Center (closed; torn down) - Saranac Lake Chapel Island (seasonal) - Upper Saranac Lake
St. John's in The Wilderness of Lake Clear—Catholic Lake Clear Presbyterian Church
Saint Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church (closed), Gabriels Church of the Assumption - Gabriels - Catholic

Other churches, past and present, not pictured here include:


Former Sanatorium Chapels:


Summer Chapels:


Catholic Churches:

See also: Adirondack Mission

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