Universalist Church, Addison, ca. 1920

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum


The Universalist Church, sometimes called the Old White Meeting House, was located in Addison Point on the corner of Back and School Street. The Universalists first held services at Addison Point around 1835, meeting in schoolhouses and private homes.

In 1841 church member William Nash built a new church building at his own expense and sold pews to members. The Methodists used the building in the 1870s and the Liberal Christian Church in the 1920s.

In December 1932 a spark carried by heavy wind from Fred Crockett’s barn fire ignited the belfry, and the church building burned. Its bell, which had sounded the alarm for many other fires and was said to have the best tone of any in Maine, melted beyond recognition.

The church was never rebuilt, but the stone foundation remains.

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About This Item

  • Title: Universalist Church, Addison, ca. 1920
  • Creation Date: circa 1920
  • Subject Date: circa 1920
  • Town: Addison
  • County: Washington
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.75 cm x 17.75 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.115945
  • Collection: Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company
  • Object Type: Image

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Penobscot Marine Museum
PO Box 498, 5 Church Street, Searsport, ME 04974
(207) 548-2529

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