1814: First Congregational Church

The fire which consumed this splendid edifice was communicated by an incendiary, through an aperture in one of the exterior pillars, which had a direct communication with the roof. This latter circumstance rendered the exertions of the citizens unavailing. Nearly all the portable articles attached to the building were preserved. We learn that an insurance had been effected to the amount of ten thousand dollars.

This church was erected in 1795, and cost, including an elegant organ and bell, nearly thirty thousand dollars.–It is computed that one, of equal size and beauty, could not at this time be built under forty thousand dollars.–We understand that subscriptions will be speedily opened, to assist the society in rearing with promptitude, another temple for the worship of ALMIGHTY GOD.

From the Connecticut Spectator (Middletown, Conn.), June 17, 1814.
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