I’m going to finish my visit to Woburn, Massachusetts by taking you to the historic center of town featuring a church, a church and a bank. Although these either aren’t the original buildings or the original occupants, the buildings are still quintessential New England. Unfortunately, I came up a little short on history for these structures/institutions, partly due to research roadblocks and partly due to a lack of time.
In any case, I like what I found, and I think these buildings (and their doors) fit well with the theme of Thursday Doors. Thursday Doors is the fun weekly blogfest hosted by Norm Frampton. Each week, Norm shares some doors he has found, and he invites door lovers from around the globe to join him in his quest to share the most interesting doors in the world. If you love doors, head on up to Norm’s place in Canada and check out his doors and those of others.
As for my doors, here’s the stories:
The First Church of Woburn
Credit Wikipedia: “…formerly the First Congregational Church in Woburn, is a historic nondenominational Christian church at 322 Main Street in Woburn, Massachusetts. The congregation, established in 1642, is one of the oldest in the United States.”
As we know, the congregation’s formation date is on the plaque, but that’s not always when the current church was built. In this case, there have been six buildings. The current one was built in 1860. Noteworthy item: “196-foot (60 m) steeple is believed to be the tallest wooden steeple in North America.”
This religious association is located in the former Unitarian Church along the rotary in downtown Woburn. I wasn’t able find much information on the building. In case you’re interested:
SATSANG means ASSOCIATION WITH TRUTH “in Speech, Thought & Action” to realize the TRUTH. The prime objective of the organization is to organize Satsang & Bhajan Programs and to promote the religious, cultural, charitable & educational activities.
Woburn Five Cents Savings Bank
Credit Massachusetts History Org – The Woburn Five Cents Savings Bank was founded in 1854, opening its doors for business on June 3rd. Sixty-four accounts were opened on that day with deposits totalling $864.64. Woburn was a thriving community at that time with a population that included mechanics, shopkeepers, manufacturers, and professional men, although many of the town’s citizens were employed in its principal industry, leather…
Above the windows are symbolic carvings representing Capital, supported by Prosperity and Wealth; Mechanics, Art and Agriculture, and Industry, supported by figures representing Banking and Recording; and the Beehive of Industry.
I hope you enjoy the photos in the gallery.