East Ferry Baptist is located in Nova Scotia, Canada close to a popular whale watching area. Although the building looked in great shape when I photographed here, it seems services are no longer held. Based on the age of other Digby Neck churches, it may date to the 19th century, but I haven’t been able to confirm that yet.
Just over the northeast Maine border is Canada’s Campobello Island. A bridge was added in the 1960s, so it’s now an easy place to make a day trip to an island less than 10 miles long. The biggest draw on the island is the International Park (owned jointly by the U.S. and Canada) which features Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s family house which was used most summers for more than 50 years. There are also a handful of churches still on the island. Wilson’s Beach United baptist Church was formed in 1867, though I’m not sure if this is their first building from that era. St. Anne’s Anglican Church is where the Roosevelts would attend a service while on the island. It was built in 1855.
And the last church visited was named New Trinity Catholic Church.
West Scarborough Methodist Church was built in 1839 and is located a little south of Portland, Maine. It’s had a few renovations and expansions including in 1907 when colored glass windows and modern pews were added. A basement was added in 1952 and most recently, in 2016, the steeple had to be removed and the tower capped due to rot.
Union Church in Unity, Maine was organized in 1841. An older photo below shows some obvious architectural modifications since it was built (I believe) in 1885.
No luck yet finding much about this church in East Machias, Maine. It looks to have been called First Baptist, but there were no other clues near the building on its history.
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.
Calais, Maine is at the U.S. border with Canada. Driving through the town I spotted this church with a wooden sign giving its name as First Baptist Church. It wasn’t clear if it’s still in use, but I found a history of a First Baptist Church in Calais in an excerpt of an old book online called “Annals of Calais”. According to it, the church organized in 1838 with eleven members. By 1834 they had built a first church which was later destroyed by fire in 1850. In 1852, they had rebuilt and dedicated the new building.