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 By the 20th century, the Baptist and Universalist churches were no longer active leaving the Union Church as Jonesboro’s last.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 to the church 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…
Probably the youngest of the churches I photographed on a recent Maine trip, Durham’s First Congregational Church was built in 1951.
North Pownal’s church was built in 1843. About a century later (1940), several changes were made, including shifting the building a bit to face the main road. A steeple was also added and a bell installed in the tower a few months later.
The Union Meeting House, now Fairfield United Methodist Church was built in 1840. It’s located just off Route 201 in Fairfield, 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.
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.