HERITAGE CENTERThe Heritage Center is a small museum and resource center located on the lower level of the conference office at 479 Main Street in Westbrook, Maine. The Heritage Center, which has long been a dream of leaders and laymen alike in the conference, is set to make a modest opening in spring of 2016. The Center will be several years building up its displays and resources, so it really is a work in progress. Look for more information here as the opening date nears.
Adventist Heritage in Northern New England
The Seventh-day Adventist church has deep roots in Northern New England. The first Adventist Church is here. Actually, the two first churches are here – the first church to be used by Sabbath-keeping Adventists (Washington, NH), and the first church that was built specifically as an Adventist church (Bordoville, VT). You can explore these churches and other important sites in the Conference by following the links below. You can also access self-guided tour information for these sites and many others by following the link to Pioneer Paths, written by David Shaw. Finally, you can access information and track the progress of the planned Heritage Center, to be housed at the Conference office.
Washington Church, Washington, New Hampshire
The Washington Church is the oldest Adventist church in existence. It was at the Washington church that people first met who believed both in the very soon coming of Christ (His “advent”) and in the seventh-day Sabbath. There are irregular church services held on Sabbaths from May through October, and a picnic pavilion and restrooms have recently been added for the convenience of visitors. The church is also the starting point for the Sabbath Trail (see below).
Bordoville Church, Bordoville, Vermont
The Bordoville Church is the first purpose built Seventh-day Adventist church. That is to say, it is the first Seventh-day Adventist church that was built expressly as a Seventh-day Adventist church. Located on a dirt road in rural Vermont, it was built in 1864 and was actively used through 1995. In 2012 regular summer church services were reinstituted. Currently, afternoon services are held at the church every Sabbath from May through October. Visitors are welcome. For a map and further information, click here.
Norridgewock Church, Norridgewock, Maine
The Norridgewock church was built in 186_ and is the third-oldest church in the denomination. Adventist pioneers preached from the same pulpit that is used today. While the church has no organized tours at this time, all are welcome to join in the worship services on Sabbath. The church is located at 30 Upper Main Street in Norrdgewock, Maine. Sabbath School starts at 9:30am and church starts at 11:00am.
The result of two decades of labor by visionaries and volunteers, the Sabbath Trail is a one-mile walk through the New Hampshire woods, punctuated by numerous monuments commemorating the Sabbath of creation and following that Sabbath down through the ages to its celebration in the new earth. Click here to learn more.
This guide takes you to numerous historic Adventist sites throughout the conference, from the birthplace and childhood home of Ellen White to the building where the Adventist Review was first published in 1850.
Heritage Center, Westbrook, Maine
The Heritage Center, located in the lower level of the conference office in Westbrook, Maine, has been methodically designed and assembled and is now open! The project was propelled forward through the vision and work of volunteers and displays a portion of church history that is unique to the Northern New England Conference.
Support Adventist Heritage in NNEC
You can help support Adventist heritage in Northern New England, keeping alive what the pioneers started. The small number of Adventists in NNEC have the privilege and burden of caring for, maintaining, and rebuilding the early Adventist sites in the conference. By making a donation toward these efforts, you stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the pioneers who built these sites, and with fellow Adventists who are working to preserve these sites.