First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church (HMPXV)

Location: Stamford, CT 06901 Fairfield County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 3.199', W 73° 32.338'

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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.
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Year Placed1976
Placed ByThe Kiwanis Club of Stamford and the Stamford Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 1:47pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 622777 N 4545703
Decimal Degrees41.05331667, -73.53896667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 3.199', W 73° 32.338'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 3' 11.94" N, 73° 32' 20.28" W
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Area Code(s)203
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 60-136 Atlantic St, Stamford CT 06901, US
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