GENESEO – St. Michael’s Church was standing on Main Street before the bear fountain went in. It was there before the county courthouse was built, and before the construction of the Wadsworth Normal School, which would become SUNY Geneseo.
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Since then, its appearance has been virtually unchanged. The stone and iron work inside is all original and besides the installation of a new cross on its steeple following three unfortunate lightning strikes, work has been minimal.
The plan is to do some minor work to the windows and interior to preserve the building as a national historic place.
It is one of the longest-standing church building in the Village. A Central Presbyterian Church on Center Street was built earlier but it was destroyed in a 1937 fire.
Livingston County Historian Amie Alden said that the original part of the Baptist Church on Center Street (Originally the Methodist Society) was built in 1852 and extensive alterations and enlargements were made to that building in 1886.