Newtown in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Rev. John Beach, A.M.
Near This Spot
Under a Large Buttonball Tree
Rev. John Beach, A.M.
Missionary of The Society
For the Propagation of the Gospel
Held His First Service
As Rector of Trinity Church
Newtown in September 1732
Location. 41° 24.543′ N, 73° 18.297′ W. Marker is in Newtown, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of Glover Avenue and Main Street (Connecticut Route 25), on the right when traveling west on Glover Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Glover Avenue, Newtown CT 06470, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rochambeau (approx. ¼ mile away); Cyrenius H. Booth Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Newtown Meeting House (approx. 0.4 miles away); In Commemoration (approx. 0.4 miles away); Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route (approx. 0.4 miles away); Newtown (approx. half a mile Newtown Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Where Rochambeau Crossed the Housatonic River (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newtown.
Regarding Rev. John Beach, A.M..
In 1732 Newtown's Congregational minister, the Reverend John Beach, converted to the Anglican Church, causing considerable turmoil in the town. He sailed to Scotland where he was ordained by an Anglican bishop and upon his return, conducted his first service as rector of what was to become Trinity parish. John Beach's first church was a 28 foot by 24 foot structure located near the corner of Main Street and Glover Avenue. In 1746 a larger building was built on the west side of Main Street. Beach supported the Crown throughout the American Revolution, surviving threats both to his life and ministry. He died in 1782, the year before the Revolution ended and the year before the formal establishment of the American Episcopal Church.
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