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.

 

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First Baptist

First Baptist Church, Yarmouth, Maine
First Baptist Church, Yarmouth, Maine

First Baptist Church of Yarmouth, Maine was built in 1889.  The church was organized in 1797 with seven members under the name “the Baptist Religious Society of North Yarmouth and Freeport”.

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

 

Whitneyville Congregational

Whitneyville Congregational Church, Whitneyville, Maine
Whitneyville Congregational Church, Whitneyville, Maine

Whitneyville Congregational Church is a large church in a rural part of Washington County, Maine.  The one-story wood frame building has an Italianate design and was completed in 1870.  To help raise funds for the building of the church, shares were initially sold in the community.  Still short of funds, the church couldn’t finish the interior until 1876 until a number of additional attempts to raise money were made, including selling of the pews.   It’s another Maine church included on the National Register of Historic Places.

West Gouldsboro Union

West Gouldsboro Union Church, West Gouldsboro, Maine
West Gouldsboro Union Church, West Gouldsboro, Maine

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.

Machias Churches

Holy Name Catholic Church, Machias, Maine
Holy Name Catholic Church, Machias, Maine

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, Machias, Maine
Centre Street Congregational Church, Machias, Maine

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 Church, Machias, Maine
Machias Valley Baptist Church, Machias, Maine

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.

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Univeralist Church, Machias, Maine (circa 1906).

 

Hampden Congregational

Hampden Congregational Church, Hampden, Maine
Hampden Congregational Church, Hampden, Maine

Hampden Congregational Church was founded in 1817 and built this church in 1835.  It’s a blend of Federal, Greek Revival, and Italianate architecture.  The tower was added later (circa 1863) and there were a few interior modifications in the 20th-century.  The Hampden, Maine church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.

Hampden Congregational Church, Hampden, Maine
Interior, Hampden Congregational Church