The congregation of the historic Long Cane ARP Church is
pleased to welcome visitors to this site. We invite you to learn more about
us in these pages. We offer the same Reformed doctrine and friendly Christian
atmosphere that has been practiced on this spot for over 230 years. For those
of you who are already connected to us in some way, we urge you to come visit
sometime; we are still here. As for the rest of you, we welcome visitors to
join us for worship and fellowship in a relaxed, rural setting.
As Isaac in the Scripture quote above, we expect to find life-giving
water in the same place our fathers did. We value the simple Scriptural faith
of the original congregation and continue to worship "in spirit and in truth"
as they did since before the American Revolution.
These Irish Presbyterians of Scottish decent emigrated to
America in 1764; with their pastor, elders and communicants, never missing
services, even on the ship during the voyage. They are one of the few documented
cases of an entire congregation relocating to America in this fashion. Most
of the group settled in Salem, New York, but a significant portion came directly
to the Long Cane area and organized themselves about 1771. Rev. Thomas Clark,
M. D., their pastor at Ballybay, in Ireland, moved south to join them permanently
Located in the center of a thickly settled community during
the early nineteenth century, Long Cane and nearby Cedar Springs had over
500 members and were the largest congregation in the area. Significant migration
from Long Cane to westward states like Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Texas
began circa 1820 and continued for many years. The descendants of this congregation
are probably to be found in every state.