The Great Pond Historic Hall Before Restoration

North Wall and Back Corner Interior

It was in 2004, ten years ago, when the Williams Family Reunion had its first discussion about the state of the old church building in Great Pond and we had our initial meeting with the Great Pond selectmen. At the meeting with the selectmen we all decided to form a non-profit organization to save the building for use as a community hall.

Ten years later, we have come a long way! We developed bylaws, reclaimed the "abandoned" property, and have been recognized by the State of Maine as a non-profit. We became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, received official placement on the National Register of Historic Places, and raised over $60,000 through grants, donations, and fund raising efforts. We have 36 members and have nearly completed the first phase of restoring the building, the foundation project.

The Friends of the Free Baptist Church of Great Pond is not a church organization; it is a historical group which seeks to preserve the history of the area as well as the building. Bylaws state the goal after acquisition of the property is the repair and upkeep of the building to restore and preserve it to make it accessible as a community building.

"The community use of this building shall be to enhance the cultural, social, charitable, educational and recreational opportunities of the area." Membership in the "Friends of the Free Baptist Church of Great pond" is currently made up of area citizens, as well as some members of the Williams Family Reunion, whose family roots began in Great Pond.

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