The Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
The church, which was built in 1842, learned of its designation on Feb. 14.
“We’re very pleased to have gotten that recognition,” said Ronald Brackett, chairman of the church’s historical and preservation committee. “It’s special and it’s something we’ve been looking forward to doing for some time.”
The church went through the first step of the application process a decade ago, Brackett said. Before the state recommended the church for the national registry in December, “we had been working on learning enough on our building and our history” to earn it, he said.
There are more than 90,000 properties on the national register, according to the National Park Service. The properties are eligible for some historic preservation matching grants, as well as federal tax credits.
Brackett said the church is planning to host an open house on June 17 with other places of worship and historic buildings in Bridgehampton so visitors can “see what old Bridgehampton was like.”
The church has a congregation of about 200 people and lets community groups, including the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Society and Alcoholics Anonymous, use its facilities.
“It is recognition by both the country as well as our local community that the church has been a centerpiece of the village for close to 350 years,” Pastor Peter Sulyok said.