Old South Congregational Church in Windsor, Vermont was founded in 1768.
The present building was designed by Asher Benjamin and erected in 1798.
The church is affiliated nationally with the United Church of Christ whose 6,000 churches join together in regional, national, and worldwide missionary outreach.
Old South Church - Windsor, Vermont Celebrated 250 years in 2018.
Check out this historical look below. Written by former OSC Reverend David Howard.
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By Peter Beardsley December 1, 2018 - 12:38 AM
I am interested in the organ. I lifted the key cover and found no builders’ plate. Age? Rebuilt when? Any information?
By Katharine Allen December 14, 2018 - 1:02 AM
Sorry it took so long to get back to you. Below is some information about our organ. For any more specifics, you can email the church office at email@example.com and I can get you in touch with our organ technician, Richard Hunter.
Thanks for your interest!
“The first organ for the church was installed in 1838 and was built by Lemuel Hedge (1786-1853), a Windsor-based inventor, cabinet-maker, and prominent Mason who built many fine organs. This organ required a second person to pump the air by hand from below. It was installed in a high balcony at the back of the church. In 1879 this organ was moved to an elevated platform in the southwest corner.
The present organ was made by the M.P. Möller Pipe Organ company. It is one of three Möller organs in Vermont. It is a tracker organ which means the console must remain close to the pipes and wind chests. After the 1923 renovations, the organ (and choir) were moved to the center of the church behind the pulpit and a wood partition was added to serve as a choir screen. The organ remains, but the choir now sings on the dais in front of the screen.”
By mary ann bumgarner January 16, 2016 - 5:10 PM
Do you have a listing of the graves in the graveyard, esp. from the 1700s?
By Amanda Lape-Freeberg June 27, 2016 - 6:11 PM
Hi Mary Ann,
I’m sorry that it has taken so long to get back to you. Yes, we have a notebook with an alphabetical listing of people buried in our cemetery. You’re welcome to come take a look at it when the church is open. Office hours are usually posted on our website but please call ahead, as there are times we need to leave for church business. Thank you!