ABOUT THE TOURS
I am available to lead small groups on tours (ten people is best)
We meet in Syracuse, NY and do the northern half of the tour, which includes going to the villages of Adams, Henderson, Brownsville, Perch River, Evans Mills, Antwerp, Sodom, Gouverneur, and Lowville.
We break for the evening below Lowville, New York for an evening meal, time of teaching about revival from the scriptures, and after a good night sleep and a great breakfast, we would head off the next day to cover the southern part of the tour, which includes the village of Western, Trenton, Rome, Wrights Settlement, Rome, Whitesboro, New York Mills, New Hartford, Verona.
If there is time and interest we can add the Erie Canal Museum to the Southern tour... truly worthwhile seeing.
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WHAT YOU WILL SEE
Most of the roads Finney traveled on are in the same location now as they were back then. As I roamed around the area, I could easily envision a young man traveling by horseback throughout this frontier. The basic geography, the lay-of-the-land, and the remoteness of Northern New York has added much to my appreciation of the Finney story. In many ways, this area is still very much like the frontier it was almost 200 years ago. Unfortunately, some of the buildings (in some cases, whole sections of the villages) have burned to the ground. This changes the historical value of these places and also puts a whole new meaning to the expression "Burned Over District". Some of the buildings have not been able to withstand the test of years of North Country winters. Despite this, I have been able to find several churches that Finney preached in, along with some homes where he stayed and other landmarks that relate to his narrative.
The Northern tour covers parts of Jefferson, St. Lawrence, and Lewis Counties. This tour takes about four hours and is around two hundred miles in length; most of this time is spent driving through remote countryside. The Southern tour, which takes place mostly in Oneida County, is shorter because it is more compact geographically. Some of it involves driving in and near cities. You will also see why Finney thought this was some of the most beautiful country he had ever seen.
The following are a list of sites where Finney preached, all within an hour’s radius of the village of Lowville, where I served as a pastor for over 22 years. It was in this is the area where Finney and Nash worked together off and on for the first few years of the revival. I have limited myself to only include the villages and hamlets that are specifically mentioned in Finney’s Memoirs, or early first-hand accounts of his ministry. I have found buildings and landmarks that correspond with the details Finney' mentioned in his autobiography, which has been my guide for this study. Unfortunately, many of the buildings (in some cases whole sections of the villages) have burned to the ground. This not only changes the historical value of these places but it puts a whole new meaning to expression "Burned Over District". Some of the buildings have not been able to stand the test of northern New York winters, but others have stood surprisingly well. The lay-of-the-land, the unchanged geography, and the remoteness of some of these places will add much to your appreciation of the Finney story. Most of the landscape and the main roads remain the same, allowing you to easily envision a young man moving through this frontier on horseback, bringing revival to the area. In many ways this area is still a frontier and you can expect to see some beautiful countryside, which is a wonderful way to spend a day in prayer.
Using the oldest county maps available, I have been able to locate many of the homes and churches that are mentioned in the story. To confirm if the building standing on the site is the one in the story, I have searched deeds and land records. Beyond this, I have also been assured by the present owners' testimony that the building had not been replaced.