Northfield Congregational Church Papers, 1795-1797
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Brief Description:

The Northfield Congregational Church Papers, 2012-33-0, consists of documents from the period when the first meeting house was constructed, starting in 1795.  Among the documents are meeting house subscription agreements, receipts for paying subscription, bills and receipts for construction materials and labor, and receipts for reimbursing William Washburn for holding church services in his home and boarding carpenters.

The Ecclesiastical Society of Northfield was incorporated at the session of the General Assembly, October 1794. The name was officially changed to the Congregational Society of Northfield in 1859. The Society was organized at the house of William Washburn at a meeting on January 1, 1795, with fourteen enrolled members. Later in the year it was voted to adopt a plan for a meeting house that would be fifty feet by thirty-eight feet. The building was commenced in 1796, but not completed for use until 1803. It stood on the top of Northfield Hill.

The first pastor of the Society was Rev. Joseph Eleazur Camp, who had helped organize the Congregational Church in Northfield. He continued in that office for more than forty yeras. In his early years in Northfield Rev. Camp not only served the Congregational Church, but also the Eposcopal Church.

Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
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Record Series Number: 00/2012-33-0
Volume: 0.0
Acquired: 07/00/2012.
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
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Acquisition Notes: Carol Bramley  Gift
Related Materials: Congregational Society of Northfield subscription records, 1954-50-0
PreferredCitation: Northfield Congregational Church Papers (2012-33-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759.