As part of its 300th anniversary celebration, First Parish Church is inviting the general public to an Open House to view and ask questions about its very historic and unique sanctuary.

The Open House is set for Monday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The church is located at the corner of Maine Street and Bath Road — and is across from the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern.

The 300-year history of the congregation includes prominent parishioners such as General Joshua Chamberlain and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and many other famous citizens in Brunswick’s history. In fact, this church played a pivotal role in the very founding of Brunswick, Maine.

The church has also had a long relationship with Bowdoin College, its friends, alumni, and special guests. Until 1964 the location of Bowdoin College’s Commencement was in the church’s sanctuary. Among the many notable visitors were Eleanor Roosevelt, Presidents Franklin Pierce, William Howard Taft, and Ulysses S. Grant, poets Edwin Arlington Robinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Frost, actor John Ford, comedian Dick Gregory, and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

Parishioners who are familiar with the history of both the church and the sanctuary will be on hand to answer questions and give informal tours.

For further information, call First Parish at (207) 729-7331, or visit their website at

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