Old Church on the Hill, Thomaston, ca. 1950

Contributed by Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Museum

Description

According to local historian Cyrus Eaton, the Old Church on the Hill, as it came to be known, was built in 1795 in large part because Henry Knox pledged 40 pounds and the glass for the windows if the structure was completed within that year. The town’s first meeting house, known as the Town or Congregational Meeting House, it was located on the hill east of Mill River, upon a piece of land conveyed by Captain David Fales which was about 116 feet wide and 109 feet deep. The church itself was framed and covered by James Stackpole, taking three days and drawing a large crowd of spectators and assistants from the community. The grounds were lined with carts and stands for the sale of liquor, cakes and other refreshments. It took two more years for the structure to be completed. This image of the church is ca. 1950, shortly before it was razed in 1964 due to its advanced deterioration.

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  • Title: Old Church on the Hill, Thomaston, ca. 1950
  • Creation Date: circa 1950
  • Subject Date: circa 1950
  • Town: Thomaston
  • County: Knox
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Object Type: Image

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Montpelier, The General Henry Knox Museum
P.O. Box 326, Thomaston, ME 04861
(207) 354-0180
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