Old Narragansett Church

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Old Narragansett Church
Old Narragansett Church Wickford RI.jpg
Old Narragansett Church in 2008
Old Narragansett Church is located in Rhode Island
Old Narragansett Church
Location North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°34′21″N 71°26′59″W / 41.57250°N 71.44972°W / 41.57250; -71.44972Coordinates: 41°34′21″N 71°26′59″W / 41.57250°N 71.44972°W / 41.57250; -71.44972
Built 1707
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 73000009 [1]
Added to NRHP July 2, 1973

Old Narragansett Church, also known as Old St. Paul's Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church, is a historic Episcopal church located at 60 Church Lane in Wickford, Rhode Island and is purported to be the oldest Episcopal church building in the Northeastern United States.[2]

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The church congregation was founded in 1706 as St. Paul's Church and was established by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. The church building was constructed in 1707. The church contains box pews, a balcony, and an organ built in 1680 by Bernard Smith, which is among the oldest organs still used in services in the United States. The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island currently owns the building, and it is administered by a trust which has representatives of the modern Saint Paul's Church in Wickford. A more modern church building, known as St. Paul's Church, is located nearby and currently the congregation meets there. The portraitist, Gilbert Stuart, was baptized in Old Narragansett Church in 1756. The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and has a small churchyard cemetery.

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