Elijah Kellogg

Elijah Kellogg Congregational Church, Harpswell, Maine
Elijah Kellogg Congregational Church, Harpswell, Maine

They were closing down the one through street in Harpswell, Maine for a parade, so I only took a couple of quick photos before having to turn around and head back up Harpswell Neck .  Elijah Kellogg Church is on the National Register of Historic Places and was built in 1843.  It’s considered a transitional Greek Revival – Gothic Revival style church.  The arch above the door is considered Gothic, the rest of the design Greek, including the Doric corner pilasters.   The church is named after a Maine clergyman and author of children’s books who was also the church’s first pastor.

 

South Congregational

South Congregational Church, Kennebunkport, Maine
South Congregational Church, Kennebunkport, Maine

Founded in 1838, the South Congregational Church of Kennebunkport, Maine is not as old as the church building itself.  The building dates from 1824 and was owned by First Church which was a little over a mile away.  The portico was added in 1912 and there have been various interior changes as well. It does still have the original 1824 clock which rings on the hour.

 

 

Prospect Harbor Methodist

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Prospect Harbor United Methodist Church, Prospect Harbor, Maine

The Methodist Episcopal Church of Prospect Harbor Maine was built in 1904.  They’ve made some updates as repairs became necessary such as replacing part of the church foundation with a brick wall in 1981.  It’s an active church and the most recent and controversial addition is a digital sign added to the front of the property.  There’s a surprisingly detailed story about it at this newspaper link so it must be worth adding a photo below.

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Prospect Harbor’s New Digital Sign

Sewall Memorial

Sewall Memorial Congregational Church, Robbinston, Maine
Sewall Memorial Congregational Church, Robbinston, Maine

The historic Sewall Memorial Congregational Church was built in 1911 to replace an earlier (1841) version destroyed by a lightning strike in 1910.   The church was originally known as Robbinston (Maine) Congregational Church but was renamed for a pastor whose family helped fund the rebuilding of the structure. It’s a late Victorian style wood frame building with a pryamidal roof and large, lancet-arched stained glass window on the front.  The sides of the church have smaller arched windows.  In 2012 it was included on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

Pacific Hall

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Pacific Hall, West Tremont, Maine

On Mount Desert Island, Maine, Pacific Hall is located near the villages of Bass Harbor or Bernard.  I haven’t had much luck learning about a previous history as a church and today it’s used for a variety of community needs, including plays and retreats.   I did read that Maine (edging out a a few nearby New England states) has the least religious population in the U.S.   So it makes sense that some older churches are being repurposed as community centers like this one.

 

Tremont Congregational

Tremont Congregational Church, Tremont, Maine
Tremont Congregational Church, Bernard, Maine

On Mt. Desert Island, near Bass Harbor, Maine is the Tremont Congregational Church.  It was founded in 1895 and has served the local fishing-based community for over a century.  I found an old photo online which shows the exterior hasn’t changed much over the years.

The Tremont Congregational Church, Tremont, Maine

 

First Baptist Meeting House

First Baptist Meetinghouse, North Yarmouth, Maine
First Baptist Meetinghouse, North Yarmouth, Maine

First Baptist Meeting House of the towns of North Yarmouth and Freeport, Maine was built in 1796.  The appearance was changed by alterations in 1825 and 1837 and features a mix of Colonial, Federal, Gothic and Greek Revival architectural styles.  By 1889 it was no longer being used as a church and was given to the town of Yarmouth to serve as a community hall.  It’s believed to be the oldest remaining Baptist church building in Maine and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Biddeford First Parish

Biddeford First Parish Meetinghouse, Biddeford, Maine
Biddeford First Parish Meetinghouse, Biddeford, Maine

The First Parish Meetinghouse in Biddeford, Maine was built in 1759 and later remodeled to a Greek revival style in 1840.  The building served as the center of religious and political life in the early decades of the town.  The grounds were also where the Declaration of Independence was read aloud to the towns’ citizens in July 1776.  It’s included on the National Register of Historic Places