History of the First Congregational Church of Cheshire
For nearly three centuries, the First Congregational Church of Cheshire has been a thriving, vibrant member of the Cheshire community.
Established in 1723 by religious leaders from Wallingford, Durham, and North Haven, who formed a congregation with just 26 members, the First Congregational Church has almost 800 members and today serves countless families the wider community with worship opportunities, a very active music ministry, and outreach programs to serve the needs of people in the wider community.
As a member congregation of the United Church of Christ, the church welcomes all people to participate in the life of the church. The church building at 111 Church Drive in the center of Cheshire, built in 1826 as designed by prominent Connecticut architect David Hoadley (1774-1839), is the congregation’s third edifice. Celebrated in numerous publications as a “classic” New England congregational house of worship, the church is graced by a distinctive steeple and weathervane.
The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.