Webster Congregational

First Congregational Church, Webster, New Hampshire
First Congregational Church, Webster, New Hampshire

Webster Congregational Church is in Merrimack County, New Hampshire.  It was built in 1823 using the late Federal style which was popular at the time and features an interesting three-stage tower shown in the photo above.  The original cost of $4,800 was recovered through the sale of the pews to the members and it has remained mostly unchanged in the past two centuries.  The church was locked the morning I was there, so I took a photo through the small panes around the front door.  I also found a pair of interior photos on the Library of Congress website.

 

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St. Paul’s Episcopal

St. Paul's Episcopal, Royalton, Vermont
St. Paul’s Episcopal, Royalton, Vermont

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is in Royalton, Vermont and was built in 1836.  It’s classified as Gothic Revival in the National Register.  It’s fairly simple in design compared to many of the older Vermont churches and it was originally painted brown.  The church’s congregation was generally small over the years and by the early 1970s, regular services were no longer being held.  After limping along for another two decades, the church was deconsecrated in 1996.  It’s maintained now by the Royalton Historical Society and used for community functions and weddings.

 

Plymouth Notch

Union Christian Church, Plymouth Notch, Vermont
Union Christian Church, Plymouth Notch, Vermont

Union Christian Church is part of the President Calvin Coolidge Historic Site in Plymouth, Vermont.  The Village of Plymouth Notch has a few homes, this church, a schoolhouse, general store and cheese factory and is said to look basically unchanged since the early 19th century when Calvin Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th U.S. President.

The Greek Revivial church was built in 1840 and was initially a Congregational Church. Nearby is Plymouth Cemetery, which includes the graves of several generations of the Coolidge family, including the grave of the former president.

Vermont Churches

These are a few churches I happened to passed by in Vermont that I stopped to take an unplanned photo or two.  But for most of them there was limited information online on the history, so I’m putting them all in one post.

Waterbury Center Community Church, New Hampshire
Waterbury Center Community Church, Vermont

Originally a Methodist Church, Waterbury Church is in Waterbury Center, Vermont not far from Stowe.  The Federal style church was built in 1833 and is listed on the National Register.

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Tinmouth is in a rural part of Vermont and the historic district is included on the National Register.  I stopped to take a photo of what I thought was an older church, but learned from a local that it was built in 1969 to replace the town’s church from 1836 that burned down.

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West Brattleboro Baptist Church, Vermont

This brick Baptist Church in West Brattleboro, Vermont was built in 1834.

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Resurrection Baptist Church, Montpelier, Vermont

I took a wrong side street while driving through Montpelier, Vermont and saw this little church at the end of a neighborhood.  It’s called Resurrection Baptist, and it appears to be slightly less than 50 years old, but I took a quick photo anyway.

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Arts Center, Sharon, Vermont

Now an arts center in Sharon, Vermont, this building was a church in nearby Norwich and was moved to the current spot in 1910.

Hartford Churches

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West Hartford Village Meeting House, Vermont

Built sometime around 1832, the Meeting House in Hartford, Vermont, as it was originally called, was the Congregational Church which was used for services until 1961.  It’s a Greek Revival style with octagonal bell chamber and Queen Anne styled stained glass.  Behind the  building is also a cemetery with over 200 graves, most dating to the 19th century.

Also in Greater Hartford is the United Church of Christ.  I’m unsure of the history of this church.

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United Church of Christ, Hartford, Vermont

 

 

Loudon Baptist

Loudon Baptist Church, Loudon, New Hampshire
Loudon Baptist Church, Loudon, New Hampshire

Although this Greek Revival building in Loudon, New Hampshire has primarily been used as the town’s Town Hall since completion in 1781, it also served as home to a Baptist Congregation.  The first story is the town hall, and the second floor for the Loudon Center Free Will Baptist Church.   When built, it was one story, but was renovated in 1847 to add the additional floor for use as a church.  The building is also on the National Register.

 

North Charlestown Methodist

North Charlestown Methodist Church, New Hampshire
North Charlestown Methodist Church, New Hampshire

North Charlestown, New Hampshire is a rural village on the border of Vermont that was settled in the 1750s.  This Greek Revival Church was built in 1841 (organized 1811) and has some of the architectural details found on many of the churches in the Vermont/New Hampshire area.  Most of the significant alterations to the building were made in the 19th century.  The area’s historic district , which includes the Methodist Church, is listed on the National Register.