Preservation of Millbury First Congregational Church

  • Start date:
    September 2, 2020, 12:00 am
  • End date:
    March 31, 2021, 12:00 am

Preservation of Millbury First Congregational Church

Millbury First Congregational Church in Bramanville is moving forward to assure a “firm foundation” and a newly painted front entrance. One pillar had to be completely restored, which required an engineering plan and reconstruction. Undertaking this project was difficult in economic times like these, but with God’s help we will prevail.

In 1804 this was the Second Church of Sutton located in North Parish (Old Common). It was the replacement for the Lord’s Barn, our First Meeting House, built in 1747. In 1800 Caleb Burbank, Millbury’s Godfather, suggested that we should have a church with a “handsome belfry, clock, and a bell.” The members agreed and asked Caleb to design the church and gather the funds to build it! He and Elijah Waters, brother of Asa II, did just that! Caleb bought plans from an architect in Boston, named Asher Benjamin, who had designed many churches.  At the dedication of the new church Rev. Goffe read these words, “Go up to the mountain and bring wood and build the house, and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord.” Asa Water II was so pleased with the Asher Benjamin’s plans for the church, that Asa hired him as architect of the Asa Waters Mansion!

Many additions, repairs, and renovations have happened during the last 273 years! A major difficult project was taking the church apart, piece by piece, and moving it from Old Common to our present home in Bramanville in 1835. Unfortunately, one of those pieces, now has to be replaced!

In 1897 at our 150th Anniversary, Rev. Putnam said, “Our history commands us to move forward in a spirit of harmony to promote the welfare of our church family and our whole town”. 9 generations look down on us! “They are the men and women whose struggles and triumphs have, under God, purchased our inheritance for today”.  We need to work together, with God’s help, to assure that we can pass on our “Friendly Church on the Hill” to the generations that follow us!


Contributions to this effort are welcome. The churches address is 148 West Main St. Millbury, MA 01527.