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Stamford in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

First Congregational Church

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, November 30, 2010
1. First Congregational Church Marker
Inscription.
1776   1976
First Congregational Church
A crude, square, wooden structure surrounded by a stockade was erected near this site in 1641-2. It was the first meeting house of the Church of Christ. Later the First Congregational Church. Four members of the Wethersfield Church, including the Rev. Richard Denton, withdrew and came to Rippowam (Stamford), bringing the church records with them. Thus the Stamford and Wethersfield churches share the distinction of being the first organized churches in Connecticut. Five succeeding structures housed the congregation, four of them in this vicinity.
Mr. Denton departed in 1644 and was succeeded by the Rev. John Bishop, who served as a pastor for fifty years. The Rev. John Davenport, grandson of a New Haven Colony founder, was the third pastor.
Church attendance was compulsory for all, but travel was slow and often dangerous. Therefore, separate parishes were founded in Stanwich and New Canaan in 1733, Darien in 1741 and North Stamford in 1782.
Stamford Bicentennial
Kiwanis Club of Stamford
Stamford Historical Society

 
Erected 1976 by the Kiwanis Club of Stamford and the Stamford Historical Society.
 
Location. 41° 3.199′ N, 73° 
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By Michael Herrick, November 30, 2010
2. First Congregational Church Marker
32.338′ W. Marker is in Stamford, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Atlantic Street and Main Street, on the right when traveling north on Atlantic Street. Touch for map. Located in Veterans Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Stamford CT 06901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stamford Lincoln (here, next to this marker); Freedom Shrine (a few steps from this marker); Stamford Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Settlement of Stamford in 1641 (within shouting distance of this marker); Stamford Old Town Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward A. Connell Heritage Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Christopher Columbus (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles E. Rowell (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stamford.
 
Also see . . .  First Congregational Church of Stamford History. (Submitted on December 5, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Colonial Era
 
First Congregational Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 30, 2010
3. First Congregational Church Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 601 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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