I spent some time last week "back east" and wandered up into the New England states for a while. A lot of cemetery details will be posted into the film photo a day blog over the next several weeks, but here are three old churches that I happened into during the trip.
This is the Brick Church in Clarendon, Vermont, a.k.a. Clarendon Congregational Church. My wife found one of her distant ancestors buried in the cemetery across the road:
The clock is just a painted ornament on the steeple. I wonder why 10:46 is the chosen time.
No idea what the church shown below is or was, but the distinctive snowflake pattern on it was eye catching. This blog describes it as a circa 1890 Queen Ann Church. It looks like someone is taking care of it these days as witnessed by the new shutters on the windows. The second photo below details the attractive bell motif in the windows shutters.
Lastly, First Church of Christ in Wethersfield Connecticut. Per Wikipedia the congregation was founded in 1635 and the building here was built in 1761. It seems to be an active congregation to this day and renovations to the building were in progress as we strolled by:
Contrast study at First Church:
Comment from: William Kingsley Visitor
Thank you for showcasing The Brick Church (Clarendon Congregational Church) on your blog. I am delighted that you stopped by and took some pictures. I only wish I was here that day to greet you. Here is a link to our history page with more information about the structure as well as the people who have worshiped here over the years (and still do).
I am curios as to why they chose 10:46 as well. I haven’t found any information in our archives but I like to think it has something to do with sending the message that it is almost time for Gathered Worship, which may have began at 11:00 am. We have motor vehicles nowadays but when the building was erected people walked to church so 11:00 am would have been an appropriate time to meet. We meet for Sunday School at 8:45 am and for Gathered Worship at 10:00 am.
Pertaining to the Queen Anne church located near the Kingsley Bridge and Kingsley Grist Mill. I am aware of a gentleman who has cared for and helped preserve that church building in the past. Other than that I am not aware of the history of it.
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