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 First Congregational Church of Madison, Connecticut

Prominently located on Madison’s town green, the First Congregational Church of Madison, Connecticut serves as a testament to its community’s rich 300-year history. Built in the Federal style in 1838, the church resides at its third site—having served dually as a place of worship and a venue for local town meetings until 1897 when a new town hall was built. Remarkably pristine, the restrained use of color accentuates the bold Federal architectural design, signifying the church’s autonomous stance.