Woodstock Baptist Church

Title

Woodstock Baptist Church

Church Name

Woodstock Baptist Church

Church Association

Carleton-Victoria Association

Province

New Brunswick

County

Carleton County

Address

was 694 Main St, Woodstock, NB
now 785 Main Street, Woodstock, New Brunswick

Status

Active

Date

Original structure built 1881 – 1885
New building - dedicated April 2021

Historical Information

Original building Woodstock United Baptist Church is designated a local historic place for its architecture and for
its association with the history of the Baptist Church in Woodstock.
Built between 1881-1885 to replace the Free Christian Baptist Church that burned in the fire that
destroyed much of Woodstock’s downtown in 1881, the present structure was originally
designed in the Gothic Revival style by notable Saint John architect D. E. Dunham. The building
has undergone some structural modifications that have altered its original appearance, most
notably a major enlargement of the building in 1907, necessitated by the amalgamation of the
various Baptist denominations in Woodstock. This renovation was designed by another
prominent Saint John architect, H. H. Mott. His modifications added more Classical elements to
the original design. The result is a rare blend of Gothic and Classical architecture in Woodstock.
When lightning struck the steeple in 1966, the 130-foot tower was pulled down and capped. The
original tall Gothic stained-glass windows were removed for the installation of two ornate
memorial stained-glass windows.
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Woodstock United Baptist Church is also designated as a symbol of the history of the Baptist
faith in Woodstock. The Baptist denomination in Woodstock dates to 1834. The congregation
quickly grew but was plagued by divisions over minor points of dogma; by the late 1800’s there
were several Baptist churches in the downtown area. In 1906, with the formation of the United
Baptist Convention of the Maritime Provinces, the churches amalgamated as the Woodstock
United Baptist Church, choosing this site as their house of worship. The original building
continues to stand at 694 Main Street; however, a new facility at 785 Main Street serves the
church today.

Video tour of current structure available at: https://youtu.be/w8JJQ4zcdxM

Information and photos from – Canada Historic Places website

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Citation

“Woodstock Baptist Church,” Atlantic Baptist Built Heritage Project , accessed October 17, 2021, https://atlanticbaptistheritage.omeka.net/items/show/189.

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