First Congregational Church of Buxton was originally (and often still) known as the Tory Hill Meeting House. Built in 1822, it’s a Federal style building with a gabled roof, pyramidal spire and copper weathervane. The original meetinghouse was built in 1763, but was later rebuilt as shown above. The older cemetery to the left dates from 1761. The church is another building on the National Register of Historic Places.
West Gouldsboro Union Church, completed in 1892, was originally dedicated for the use of all Christian denominations It has a unique architecture for churches built in Maine in the late 1800s and includes a pyramidal roof and a variety of interesting decorative details. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and fundraising efforts are being made now to help in its restoration.
Exterior Details, West Gouldsboro Union Church
West Gouldsboro Union Church, West Gouldsboro, Maine
Steuben Union is a small town with about 1,000 residents in northeastern Maine. The Greek-Revival style Methodist church shown above was large enough to be seen from Route 1, so I made a quick stop but I haven’t learned much yet of its history.
I may have passed by this old Catholic Church in Maine just a little late. Notre Dame de Lourdes in Saco, Maine was built in 1929 and closed by the Catholic diocese in 2009 and sold in 2016. It’s now in the process of being redeveloped into housing units and is partially surrounded by barricades and scaffolding. Early plans by the town of Saco were to demolish the church and add parking to the downtown area, so at least the building survived that idea. An interesting part of this church was that a grotto was recreated here of the famous shrine in Lourdes, France. A story with more photos is in this 2017 news article.
Pownal, Maine’s First Parish Congregational Church was built in 1811. The church is Greek Revival, having been remodeled from the original Federal style architecture in 1838 and 1857. The horse sheds shown in the old postcard photograph below were removed sometime around World War II. An old cemetery is just to the right of the church.
Machias, Maine has several older churches within a couple of blocks of the town center. Holy Name Catholic Church was built in 1845, but had to be rebuilt in 1875 after a fire.
Centre Street Congregational Church is a large Gothic Revival church that was built in 1837 with the congregation having originally founded the church in 1782. It was designed based on plans by the architect who designed Trinity Church in New York City as well as a few other New England churches that are still around today. Major alterations include an eight day clock in the church tower added in 1870, and installation of stained glass windows depicting Biblical themes in 1899. It’s included on the National Register of Historic Places.
Machias Valley Baptist is younger than the others shown above. It was originally a Univeralist Church and dates to at least the start of the 20th century, but was purchased for a Baptist congregation in 1962. Below is a photo of the church from a postcard sent in 1906.