The history of Devoe Park in University Heights begins with the construction of the First Reformed Dutch Church in 1705 on the site. This church is said to be the oldest Bronx church with a regular ministry. The congregation’s property was considerable due to the 1684 bequest of the Manor of Fordham, which extended from the Hudson River to the Bronx River. In the 18th and 19th centuries, church members included many prominent Bronx families, including the Van Cortlandts, Dyckmans, Devoes, and Bayards, as well as Mrs. Edgar Allan Poe. Although the church building was destroyed in the Revolutionary War, a new church was built near Kingsbridge Road in 1802. It was the first of three edifices to stand on that site. The second church was built in 1849, and the present building was erected in 1940.
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