11/18/17 6:00am
11/18/2017 6:00 AM

This Thanksgiving, volunteers will dedicate their time to making sure everyone on the North Fork has somewhere to spend the holiday.

Members of First Universalist Church of Southold will be serving lunch around 1 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Southold, continuing a tradition that dates back about 30 years.

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03/20/15 6:00am
03/20/2015 6:00 AM
The interior of First Universalist Church of Southold during a service in the 1980s. (Credit: The Southold Historical Society)

The interior of First Universalist Church of Southold during a service in the 1980s. (Credit: The Southold Historical Society)

To the editor:

It is with a heavy heart that I write of the loss of the First Universalist Church. My family, the Terrys and Goldsmiths, were founding members in 1835. It started as a church, then disbanded and became the Lyceum Association in 1863, according to the book “North Fork Nostalgia,” a collection of stories from the scrapbooks of Becky Terry. It gained an enviable reputation putting on plays. The church had a Gothic Palladian window over the front entrance, the only one of its kind.  (more…)

03/18/15 10:00am
03/18/2015 10:00 AM
The interior of First Universalist Church of Southold during a service in the 1980s. (Credit: The Southold Historical Society)

The interior of First Universalist Church of Southold during a service in the 1980s. (Credit: The Southold Historical Society)

When fire destroyed First Universalist Church of Southold, the community lost not only a treasured building, but a significant piece of North Fork artwork as well.

Amid the rubble of the church lie the unrecognizable remains of a 12-by-16-foot mural that hung above the altar for nearly 90 years. Painted by noted Peconic artist Edith Mitchill Prellwitz, the mural was last valued at more than $80,000. She donated it to the church Nov. 27, 1926, in memory of her parents.  (more…)

03/17/15 12:00pm

As you entered the hamlet of Southold, heading east around the bend at Tuckers Lane, a familiar site always greeted you: First Universalist Church.

This has been true not just for the current generation of North Forkers, but for generations past.

The historic landmark — with its clear glass windows and iconic steeple — was lost late Saturday night to a fast-moving blaze that drew about 150 firefighters to the Main Road property.   (more…)

03/15/15 1:56pm
03/15/2015 1:56 PM
Pastor Jef Gamblee of First Universalist Church in Southold, with church member Peter Young of Southold, load the church sign into a pickup truck before driving it to a service at  Custer Institute. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Pastor Jef Gamblee of First Universalist Church of Southold, with church member Peter Young of Southold, load the church sign into a pickup truck before driving it to a service at Custer Institute. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Minutes into the First Universalist Church service in Southold Sunday morning, a speaker was briefly interrupted by a voice at the back of the room.

“Excuse us,” the gentleman said. “We have your bell. We thought you’d want it here.”

The voice was that of Southold fireman Brian Grattan, who had driven along with fellow firefighter Ed Boyd the 1.4 miles from the church to the Custer Institute, where members of the congregation gathered for a service.

The charred bell was located after the Main Road church was destroyed in a fire the night before and its relocation to Main Bayview Road was symbolic of how First Universalist’s members were rising from the ashes themselves.  (more…)