An extraordinary appeal for a most extraordinary building
First Parish Church has served our community since 1773—not only as a place of worship, but also as a center for dozens of independent organizations. It has served as the town hall and library, and as an emergency medical station during war time. An important example of Federal Period architecture, it has stood for nearly 250 years as a leading icon of our heritage and a symbol of the freedoms our ancestors secured.
The job of maintaining this historic structure has, till now, rested almost entirely on the members of the congregation of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. Along with generous donors from the community, they have invested nearly a million dollars in recent years in major historic preservation projects. But the building’s future maintenance needs a more certain source of funding than this narrow base can provide.
The First Parish Preservation Foundation was established as an independent non-profit corporation dedicated solely to preserving this treasure. The Foundation is led by a Board made up of volunteers from the community, and as stipulated by its By-Laws, comprised of both members of the congregation and non-members alike. Our support is coming from people like you – residents and visitors – who care about preserving Kennebunk’s heritage.
We invite you to read more inside about this historic structure and how you can contribute to its preservation.
~First Parish Preservation Foundation
Board of Directors