The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. John's Episcopal
Highgate Falls, Vermont 05459

OHS Database ID 4220.


This organ was presented Historic Pipe Organ Award number 410 on 2013-06-26 and received the designation Landmark of American Organbuilding. An image of the award certificate may be seen here.

OHS Convention Organ, 2013.

Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and is used occasionally.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition April 25, 2013.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

One manual. 1 divisions. 3 stops. 3 ranks. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 13 notes.


  • Status Note: There 1982. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Church closed, but apparently used for weddings, etc. as of 2005. Was unplayable, but may have been repaired. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • G Compass, lacking GG# (Elizabeth Schmitt. May 16, 2005)
  • Pedals permanently coupled. (Elizabeth Schmitt. May 16, 2005)

Online Documents

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  • Pinel, Stephen. "The 1837 Henry Erben Organ at Highgate Falls, Vermont," The Tracker (Vol. 48, No. 2 [Spring, 2004]: pp. 6-12). [Photographs, stoplist, detailed description and history]
  • Boadway, Edgar A.. "An Early Erben," The Tracker (Vol. 1, No. 4 (July 1957): p. 6).
  • Ogasapian, John. Organ Building in New York City, 1700-1900. (Braintree, Massachussetts, The Organ Literature Foundation, 1977), [0]

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Organ case, facade, and keydesk, photograph from 2012 for the OHS 2013 calendar.. Photograph by Len Levasseur
Pump handle behind organ. Photograph by Tim Drewes 2013-06-27

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  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.
    Saint John's Episcopal Church, Highgate Falls, Vermont
    Henry Erben, 1836
    Tracker 1:4  July 1957  p. 6
    Manual: G-F, no low G#, 58 notes
    Stopped Diapason 8' (58)
    Principal 4; (58)
    Trumpet 8' (28)
    Pedal: G-G#, 13 Notes.  Permanently coupled to the manual
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