First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Kennebunk, ca. 1900

Contributed by Brick Store Museum


When Maine became a state in 1820 as a result of the Missouri Compromise, Kennebunk ceded from Wells to become its own town. As a result, the previously-named Second Congregational Parish of Wells became the First Congregational Parish of Kennebunk.

The church was painted white in 1823 (it had been dark yellow before). It served as the center for official town activities. In 1827, the parish became a Unitarian church, splitting with the orthodox Congregationalists who built their own church on nearby Dane Street.

A bell cast from Paul Revere's foundry in 1803 was installed in the steeple, and as of 2016, it still rings. It is one of only 23 remaining Revere bells in the world.

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  • Title: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, Kennebunk, ca. 1900
  • Creator: Kelley, Charles
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • Town: Kennebunk
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 10 cm x 12 cm
  • Local Code: 3600.22
  • Collection: Mabel Kelley Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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