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Early Country Church, Lower Jemseg, New Brunswick, Canada
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Jemseg is a Canadian rural community in Queens County, New Brunswick. It is located on the east bank of the Jemseg River along its short run from Grand Lake to the Saint John River. The village briefly served as the Capital of Acadia (1690–91).

As the communities grew, churches and schools were built. Initially itinerant clergy from the Church of England, and a bit later Baptist clergy also travelled from place to place. The Anglican rector of Gagetown at Gagetown began work in 1785 and for several decades performed the rituals of baptism, marriages and burials. By the early 1820s the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel had sent Rev. Abraham Wood to the Grand Lake pastorate, and by the mid-twenties the Baptist Church, the so-called “Canning Church” was serving the Baptists of the area.

The first Baptist church in New Brunswick was organized at Waterborough, Queens County. The Jemseg Baptist Church separated from the Waterborough Church in 1834 or 1835. In 1854 James Trimble became pastor. Church membership increased and a new church was built and dedicated in 1858. This is the Church from 1835.

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  • WildestArt
    WildestArtabout 1 year ago

  • Thank yo so much. I was really excited when I found this church! I think it’s beautiful

    – Martha Medford

  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardabout 1 year ago

    Congrats on your feature!

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  • Pauline Evans
    Pauline Evansabout 1 year ago

    Oh, I can just see this standing white and stately beckoning people to come in! What a shame to let it fall down like this!

  • It may be covered in vines Pauline but actually, the people who own the property now are keeping it up. You can’t see the back wall but they are doing repairs to it and have removed the rotted window trim from the inside of a couple of windows so it won’t rot further. It’s so nice to find someone who cares enough about these old buildings to make the effort. Hopefully they’ll get to repairing the front doorway too to keep the rain and snow out of the entrance. I would have loved to see it back in the day, freshly painted. What a sight it would have been!

    – Martha Medford

  • walela
    walela10 months ago

    wonderful!!

  • Keala
    Keala3 months ago


    4/27/14
    This is lovely Martha!

  • Thank you Leigh! Of all the old country churches I have come across – this is my favorite.

    – Martha Medford

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