Can you identify this cozy church?
Photograph by Darylann Leonard
A winter sky, a fresh coat of snow, a backdrop of bare tree branches reaching skyward from the shores of a frozen late – the parishioners of this Oxford County church couldn’t ask for a more picturesque setting in which to weather icy Sunday mornings. The pious have congregated here since Reverend Lincoln Ripley established the church in October of 1799. The building and its Paul Revere bell were destroyed in the fire of 1928, but the community mobilized quickly to restore the historic site. “On November 29, 1929,” according to the church’s historical record, “27 people stood on a hill across the lake and listened to the ringing of the [new] bell in the new church building.” A passerby might still hear its stately chime today – while fishing for smallmouth bass in the lake, browsing agricultural booths at the town’s 164-year-old World’s Fair, or standing at the summit of the 1,000-foot mountain that looms just a few miles to the west.
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