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Back road country churches of Maine #2

11/05/2013
I passed this abandon church during the first bike ride I ever took in Maine

This abandon church sits about halfway between downtown Bangor and Pushaw Lake

I passed this church on the first bike ride I ever took in Maine.

I’ve been in love with it ever since.

The church doesn’t have a name and it appears to have no congregation. In fact, the church is for sale.

But who would buy a church?

The building stands at the intersection of Pushaw and Church roads. It looks west over a small hay-field. There is no barn in sight.  The Maple Grove Cemetery pushes on the back of the church from the east, like a wave from an ocean littered with gravestones. Sometimes I ride by in the place in the late afternoon. The setting sun turns the front columns golden white. It’s beautiful.

The church is about five miles from downtown Bangor and the Penobscot River. It’s another four miles of tree-lined, rolling hills and exurban acreage to the lip of Pushaw Lake in Orono. Pushaw is a long and narrow lake, with rugged islands, cozy cabins and lake homes, and a distant view of mountains to the north.

I stopped at the church once , walked up a ramp and peaked inside the high rectangular windows. The pews stood in neat, straight lines before a small, simple altar. The floors were clean. The paint was bright white. The place looked ready for a service on Sunday.

But no one would be coming.

I spotted a sign posted near a side door. “This building monitored 24-hours for security.”

OK, God was watching.

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2 Comments
  1. Karen Freed permalink

    This is a beautiful church!!! It would make a lovely home for someone. The reason I say this is the church I got married in in 1963 in Marion ND has been moved and turned into a residence. Have not seen the end result, but it makes for a good use? Some day I hope to go back to see how it turned out.

  2. Yes, it would make a GREAT house. Beautiful sunsets every night. Big windows. Lots of room. The prairie churches of ND inspired this Maine project. I would love to cruise around ND and photograph them too.

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