December 11, 2017
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Open Houses Celebrate History of Castine’s Churches

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Castine — On Saturday, July 27, from 1:00-3:00 pm, the four churches of Castine will open their doors for visitors to have a close-up view of their interior spaces. This special opportunity extends the Castine Historical Society’s seasonal exhibit, “Missions and Meeting Houses, Chapels and Churches” to the locations that inspired this narrative of faith and community.
The joint event is presented in conjunction with the annual “Touring through Time” weekend at historical society museums of the Blue Hill Peninsula Region. The open houses at the Castine churches also compliment the Castine Historical Society’s newly published book, titled Missions and Meeting Houses, Chapels and Churches: Four Centuries of Faith in Castine, Maine. All four churches collaborated on both the book and the exhibit by contributing artifacts, documents and photographs for research and display.
The Castine Historical Society, open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on July 27 and located on the town common in the old Abbott School building at 17 School Street, is an excellent starting point for a tour of the Castine churches. The “Missions and Meeting Houses …” exhibit explores the establishment of each of the current churches and documents structural and cultural changes over the years. A map showing the location of the four churches will be available at the Society.
The Castine churches participating in the afternoon open house on July 27 include: the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine, located at 88 Court Street on the Common (enter through the Parish House doors on School Street due to construction at the front of the building; there is an elevator for handicapped access to the sanctuary); the Trinitarian Congregational Parish at 68 Main Street; Trinity Episcopal Church at 150 Perkins Street (enter the building through the main door on Perkins Street or through the ground level doors where there is an elevator for access to the church); and Our Lady of Holy Hope (Roman Catholic) at 137 Perkins Street. Docents will be at each of the churches to greet visitors and answer their questions. Visitors may choose to walk or drive to each location; parking is available on the street. The event is open to the public with free admission.
Also on Saturday, July 27, there will be a book signing for Missions and Meeting Houses, Chapels and Churches: Four Centuries of Faith in Castine, Maine at 4:00 pm at Compass Rose bookstore (3 Main Street in Castine) featuring author Lynn Hudson Parsons. Light refreshments will be served.
Other local organizations participating in the annual “Touring through Time” weekend (July 27 and 28) include the Blue Hill Historical Society, Brooklin Keeping Society, Brooksville Historical Society, Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, Penobscot Historical Society, and Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society. Information about all “Touring through Time” events will be published in local papers, and printed guides are available at CHS and through the other organizations.
For more information on the Castine open houses, exhibit and book, contact the Castine Historical Society at 207-326-4118, at or on the web at