St. John’s Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Formed in 1732, St. John’s Episcopal Church was first called “Queen’s Chapel” after King George II’s wife, Queen Caroline. After the Revolutionary War, the English reference became unpopular and Queen’s Chapel was given its present name. It’s current structure–the first church to have been built with brick in New Hampshire–was designed by architect Alexander Parris of Portland, Maine and feverishly built by local James Nutter along with other leading Portsmouth craftsmen in 1808. They completed the task in just six short months after a fire destroyed its original wooden structure the previous year.

Aside from its needlepoint covered kneelers and altar rail lovingly maintained by the women of St. John’s, the church houses the oldest pipe organ in the United States, as well as a rare Vinegar Bible gifted from Queen Caroline. Distinctive trompe l’oeil wall painting of architectural and religious imagery was completed in 1848, adding a majestic quality to the sanctuary. St. John’s stands as the oldest Episcopal parish in New Hampshire.

Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green, New Haven, Connecticut

Formed in 1723, the parish of Trinity Episcopal Church on the Green is known for having a major influence on introducing the notion of the separation of church and state to the colonies. Trinity’s current structure, completed in 1816 by architect Ithiel Town, is the first Gothic Revival Style church built in North America. With its towering gilded columns, red and green interior palette, and remarkable stained glass windows, its ornamental design reaffirms its historical associations with the Church of England.

St. Saviour’s Episcopal Parish, Bar Harbor, Maine

St. Saviour’s Episcopal Parish rests on Mount Desert Island in a village originally incorporated as the Town of Eden by Samuel Adams in 1796 until its Bar Harbor name change in 1918. Built in a Gothic Revival and Queen Anne style, the structure is renowned for its ten Louis Comfort Tiffany designed stained glass windows and additional 43 memorial windows; each thoughtfully paying tribute to loved ones, saints and local figures who have touched the lives of its members.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, North Guilford, Connecticut

Desiring a place of worship more unified with the Church of England’s traditions, a dissident group of mainly lumbermen broke away from the North Guilford Congregational Church in Connecticut to form St. John’s Episcopal Church in 1747. A testament to the sentiment that time mends all wounds, 75 years later, the North Guilford Congregational Church donated the adjacent land where the parish of St. John’s Episcopal Church now assembles. Built in 1812, the reserved structure epitomizes early New England church architecture with its simple white exterior and prominent, central steeple. The neutral interior palette evokes notions of purity and stability, personifying its noble yet modest existence for more than two and half centuries.

The Episcopal Church of Saint John Baptist, Thomaston, Maine

The perseverance of the Episcopal Church of Saint John Baptist is mirrored by the resilience of its austere 1868 Carpenter Gothic style structure. Despite falling into disrepair in the 1950s and encountering financial hardships, its parishioners mended the building in the 1960s, exemplifying the church’s ability to weather adversity and return to its original splendor.

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Camden, Maine

Located in downtown Camden, Maine, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church has resided in its current building since 1924. The structure, which seats approximately 160 parishioners in its sanctuary, was built in an English Gothic style designed by architect, E. Leander Higgins of Portland. The church building has many distinctive features including: intricate carvings by Laudi Lang of Oberammergau, Germany; stained glass windows fabricated by the English firm Heaton, Butler and Bayne, Ltd. under the direction of Father Ralph Hayden; and needlepoint kneelers thoughtfully made by members of the Church.