History and Architecture Lecture at Old Head Tide Church in Alna


Join architect Brett Donham on a journey through the history and architecture of the historic Head Tide Church. This event is Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. at the church. Donham will provide historical background to Head Tide Church in Alna and the village of Head Tide. It will also offer a tour of the interior and exterior of this historic building, highlighting the architectural influences in its design.

Known for its simple beauty and pastoral hilltop setting overlooking the Sheepscot River, the church has been the subject of a number of famous artists including Marsden Hartley and Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The church was dedicated on November 21, 1838 when Head Tide was a bustling Alna village, supported by dam mills, farming and apple orchards, boat building, fishing and forestry. The church features many examples of Greek Revival, Federalist and Gothic Revival architecture.

The church continues to serve Midcoast Maine as a unique venue for weddings, memorial services, conferences, and musical events. Friends of the Head Tide church members raise funds, dedicate hundreds of hours to keep this gem on the hill in good repair, and welcome visitors from across the country and around the world each year. The church is just off Head Tide Road, near its intersection with Route 218.


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