Round Church

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The Round Church, Richmond, Vermont

Built in 1813, the Old Round Church originally served as the town meeting hall and a place to worship for five Protestant denominations in Richmond, Vermont.  I’m not sure if it’s the only 16 sided church in the country, but its uniqueness led to a listing on the National Register.  By 1880, the church was turned over to the town of Richmond and has been used for town meetings  community events and weddings ever since.  It’s now looked after by the Richmond Historical Society.

Another church down the same road is the Universalist Unitarian Church.  This building was completed in 1897 and served as a church until 1956.  Then it served as part of a school and now is used as the town’s library.

Universalist Unitarian Church, Richmond, Vermont

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Richford Churches

United Methodist Church, Richford, Vermont
United Methodist Church, Richford, Vermont

Richford, Vermont is less than two miles from the Canadian border and has a population of about 2,300 people.  The town prospered during the rail period, but has been in decline for almost a century.  A pair of churches practically back up to each other near the center of town.  United Methodist Church was built in 1871 and is still active.

St. Ann’s Episcopal Church is listed on the National Register and was built in 1883.  The Queen Anne style church was part of an effort after the Civil War to expand the Episcopal Church by building as many churches for new congregations as they could.  It wasn’t clear when it was last used as a church, but the local historical society is leasing the building now.

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St. Ann Episcopal Church, Richford, Vermont

Montgomery Churches

Montgomery Center for the Arts, Montgomery, Vermont
Montgomery Center for the Arts, Montgomery, Vermont

Montgomery, Vermont is home to another covered bridge and at least two old churches.  Kelton Hall, a Greek Revival building served as the Baptist church since around the time of the Civil War.  It survives now as a center for the local arts.

 

The other, St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church is a Gothic Revival building built by 1835 and on the National Register of Historic Places.   However, the church was already in decline before the turn of the century and by 1927, regular services were no longer held.  The building was condemned in 1974 and purchased by the Montgomery Historical Society and now called Lawrence Pratt Memorial Hall.

St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, Montgomery, Vermont
St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church, Montgomery, Vermont

 

 

East Berkshire Congregational

Congregational Church, East Berkshire, Vermont
Congregational Church, East Berkshire, Vermont

Although this building is now the Berkshire Historical Society, from what I can tell it belonged to the Calvary Episcopal Church in East Berkshire, Vermont.  They organized about 1820 and built this church in 1823.  At some later point it became a Congregational church.

Barnet Presbyterian

Presbyterian Church of Barnet, Vermont
Presbyterian Church of Barnet, Vermont

The rural area of Barnet, Vermont is centered around this United Presbyterian Church.  The Greek Revival church was built in 1849 on the high point of a hill by the Scotch immigrants to the area.  The old cemetery adjacent has been in use since the land was deeded to the Presbyterians in 1791.  The church is also part of a National Register of Historic Places listing.

Woodford Union

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Woodford Union Christian Church, Vermont

Woodford Union is along the road through the Green Mountains and is the church at the highest elevation in the state of Vermont for those keeping track.  The church was built in 1873 and was non-denominational through the end of regular services in the 1940s.  It was used occasionally over the following two decades but hasn’t been used as a church since that period, except for some weddings.