Nestled In the rural countryside of the Town of Montezuma, Cayuga County, NY, the history of the church began in 1825, when early settlers built the church on what was known as Mentz Corners, It was incorporated as the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Mentz. It is now surrounded by a cemetery on three sides with over 200 of its early ancestors.
In 2003, the Town of Montezuma acquired the Historic Mentz Church. The church received the honor of being named to the State and National Register of Historic Places in 2004. A preservation committee met monthly to plan events to be used for the enrichment of the community through cultural, social and local church activities. Beginning in early Spring of 2005 volunteers began restoration with many hours of work donated to removing wallpaper, painting, restoring the original front doors, cleaning, window replacement, and restoring the electricity.
On Sunday, May 15, 2005, almost one hundred, eighty years to the day of its incorporation, the community honored and celebrated it’s re-opening and listing as a historic place.
In 2006, the Montezuma Historical Society was formed, with its home located at the Historic Mentz Church on Mentz Church and McDonald Roads in the Town of Montezuma.
A new historic roadside marker was generously funded by the
William G. Pomeroy Foundation in 2012. A special dedication
was held on Path Through History Weekend, June 2, 2013.
The church, leased by the Society, is owned by the Town of Montezuma for use as a chapel. For more information, contact us.