60 Oxford "Upper Green"
Turn right on to Academy Road bearing left along the small Town “Upper” Green. You might take a moment to stop here to look at the Oxford Congregational Church in front of you. It was originally built in 1741, one hundred feet south of the present location. After this edifice burned, the current church was built in 1795 at a cost of $3,300 and remodeled in 1840. It is a white clapboard building of the Classic Revival or Federal style having a pedimented front gable with superimposed flat Corinthian columns.
The House on the right of Academy Road is owned by the church and serves as the pastor’s home. The front section of the parsonage was built in 1800 and the rest estimated earlier due to the salt box construction. it was originally called the Barnes House after Dr. Lewis Barnes, who served as the town physician from 1856 until his death in 1907, when it was purchased by the church.
You can just see further on beyond the church is the John Twitchell House built before 1741. Early records state it was a meeting house for town leaders and the location of the first meetings for the Congregational Church. A Masonic Lodge was also organized here. by 1804, a store was added to the west end of the house and it became the site of the first post office in 1807.
To the left of the church is the AbelWheeler House built in 1786
Return to Rt. 67 with the Oxford House in front of you.
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