Edgecomb Congregational

Edgecomb Congregational Church, Edgecomb, Maine
Edgecomb Congregational Church, Edgecomb, Maine

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.

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Jonesboro Union

Jonesboro Union Church, Jonesboro, Maine
Jonesboro Union Church, Jonesboro, Maine

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  By the 20th century, the Baptist and Universalist churches were no longer active leaving the Union Church as Jonesboro’s last.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.

West Durham Methodist

United Methodist Church, West Durham, Maine
United Methodist Church, West Durham, Maine

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…

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.

 

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.

 

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