Renovation project unearths church history in New Ipswich

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/22/2019 2:00:03 PM

While the many renovations at the New Ipswich Congregational Church updated the structure of the building, they also buried pieces of the town’s history.

Among a group of small artifacts found in the church during the renovations was a plaque honoring Reverend Stephen Farrar, the founder of the church, and one of his old chairs that had previously been on display.

In 1909, the children of New Ipswich raised money for the plaque in order to honor Farrar. Now, the plaque is mounted on granite and was placed outside of Pastor Ken Whitson’s office.

“As pastor of the church, it is special that the children came together and raised the money for the plaque,” Whitson said. “We’re a church that is focused on younger people. We have more programs for them than we do for adults.”

Engraved on the plaque is Farrar’s name, his year of birth, 1738, and the words “Pastor, Patriot, Counselor.”

Farrar began preaching in New Ipswich before he was even 21-years-old. The church plans to put Farrar’s chair back up on display along with a collection of other small artifacts from previous Pastors that were found during renovations.

Since the renovations, which began about ten years ago, came with such a high price tag, Whitson says he plans to hold a ceremony when they reach their $300,000 dollar goal in their Capital Campaign to pay off the building loans.

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