Celebrate Community, Church in Garden Ceremony | News, Sports, Jobs

Celebrate Community, Church in Garden Ceremony | News, Sports, Jobs

The garden on the former site of St Eustace’s Church, seen here in 2015. (Press photo – Andy Flynn)

In Lake Placid, we have a tradition—a fitting one—of celebrating community, church history, the outdoors, and gardening at the annual St. Eustace Garden Service at the former church site. We encourage you to join us.

St. Eustace’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual garden service at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 14, weather permitting. The service, led by Pastor Ken Hitch, will be held at the original site of St. Eustace’s Episcopal Church on Victor Herbert Road. Music will be provided by Paul Buell and his Norwood-area brass quartet.

This will be the 25th year that summer services have been scheduled there, with perhaps one or two cancellations due to rain during that time.

St. Eustace’s Church was originally built on this site in 1899 and was a summer Episcopal church until the early 1920s. The winter church was located on Sentinel Road. In 1927, the summer church was dismantled, the windows removed, and the planks numbered and rearranged so that it could be properly rebuilt at its current location on Main Street, opposite Mid’s Park. The tower’s position was moved from the right side of the church to the left during the rebuilding.

Ruth Hart created a beautiful garden in and around the church’s foundation over a period of more than 40 years. In 2023, Mrs. Hart received the Preservation Award for Community Revitalization and Stewardship from Adirondack Architectural Heritage for the church garden. She is quoted as saying that it was one of the proudest moments of her life.

In 2002, the Smithsonian Institution awarded Ruth and George Hart a Certificate of Recognition. “for generously allowing your garden to be featured in the American Gardens Archives, Horticulture Services Division” and was photographed and recorded by volunteers as part of the Garden Club of America collection.

The service is open to all who wish to attend.

This year we lost Ruth on April 25th, just before her 105th birthday. The Lake Placid News covered her recent birthdays, especially her 100th in 2019 at the Crowne Plaza, which was a memorable party for all who attended. We also visited her home to hear other stories and spent some time in the church garden. What a beautiful, peaceful garden. Even if you don’t attend church regularly, this place is a spiritual oasis thanks to Ruth and her family. Worth a visit this Sunday.

(Editor’s note: Nancy Beattie, one of Ruth Hart’s daughters, provided much of the text for this editorial, which we published last week as a press release. We have added an incentive to participate.)