West Scarborough Methodist Church was built in 1839 and is located a little south of Portland, Maine. It’s had a few renovations and expansions including in 1907 when colored glass windows and modern pews were added. A basement was added in 1952 and most recently, in 2016, the steeple had to be removed and the tower capped due to rot.
Another entry on the National Register of Historic Places, Edgecomb Congregational Church was completed in 1881. The congregation was organized in the late 1700s and used a town hall until the Civil War and later a nearby school until this building was completed. Built by a local carpenter, it has Italianate styling, a tall square bell tower and rounded arched windows.
Calais, Maine is at the U.S. border with Canada. Driving through the town I spotted this church with a wooden sign giving its name as First Baptist Church. It wasn’t clear if it’s still in use, but I found a history of a First Baptist Church in Calais in an excerpt of an old book online called “Annals of Calais”. According to it, the church organized in 1838 with eleven members. By 1834 they had built a first church which was later destroyed by fire in 1850. In 1852, they had rebuilt and dedicated the new building.
Joneboro Union Church was originally built in 1840 but underwent major renovations in 1911. Jonesboro is a small Maine community, but had three churches when this one was established. By the 20th century, the Baptist and Universalist churches were no longer active leaving the Union Church as Jonesboro’s last. To accommodate the larger crowd, the church was moved back 20 feet and enlarged. Because of its unique mix of Gothic Revival, Tudor and classical elements, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
In West Durham, Maine, this Methodist church was built some time around the 1840s, though it’s not known for sure. The Greek Revival style of the building supports that thought, though some in the area believe it dates back to the early 19th-century and was altered in style a few decades later. Records indicate it was modified in 1867 to add additional Greek and Italianate elements as well as heating stoves and other conveniences. Electricity was later added in 1955. The church doesn’t appear to be in use today, but it is included on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s also located next to the childhood home of the writer Stephen King. And if he happens to own an old red pick up truck, it may have been him driving by when I was taking these photos…
United Methodist Church, West Durham, Maine
Interior of United Methodist Church, West Durham, Maine