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West Wardsboro Baptist Church

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1795, 1834, 1841, 1846. Stratton Rd., 0.1 miles west of VT 100, West Wardsboro

This modest building is one of only two side-entrance meetinghouses left in Vermont (WH7), though it has undergone some change. It was constructed in Wardsboro Center in 1795, a box of a building with an eaves-side entrance and a gallery reached via a porch at one gable end. In 1834 it was moved to Hammonds Mills (its name changed to West Wardsboro in 1846), and in 1841 a belfry was added to the porch. The congregation voted to repair and alter the building in 1846, at which time they installed ten new windows. Each phase is legible in the current building. The simple box with small windows, double-leafed side entrance with hand-forged latch, end porch, and box pews in the gallery recall the first phase of the church. The Gothic-styled louvered openings and square-pinnacled parapet of the belfry are from the first remodeling. The large upper windows, quietly Greek door surrounds, and bench pews represent the second remodeling. Such a stylistic mix is typical for Windham County at this time, but, unlike the renovations to the Townshend meetinghouse (WH23), these fashionable changes did not obscure the original building.

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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson
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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "West Wardsboro Baptist Church", [Wardsboro, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VT-01-WH25.

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Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 409-409.

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