Yarmouth’s Baptist Churches


By 1850 the First Baptist Church, on Main Street at the site of today’s War Memorial and Park, had become a large, centrally located, church on which many believers in Yarmouth and neighbouring communities depended. To better serve parishioners in outlying areas, daughter churches were established in Tusket (1834), Ohio (1843), Carleton (1843), Chegoggin (1853), Chebogue (1853), Yarmouth North (1871), and Yarmouth South (1871). [1]

Since images of the First Baptist Church were included in Yarmouth’s Early Meeting Houses, this album features the remaining Baptist Churches that were active in Yarmouth at the end of the nineteenth century:

            Milton Baptist Church, Elm Street (6 images),

            Temple Baptist Church, Argyle Street (9 images), and

            Free Baptist Church, William Street (5 images).

References and Notes

    [1] See the timeline at the website of Zion Baptist Church, 27 Parade Street, which is the successor of the First Baptist Church.

    [2] “In 1906 the congregation [of Milton Baptist Church] was faced with the quandary as to whether or not the Church’s tall spire should go or stay. It was felt by some that the spire may be unsafe and should be removed, while others felt much of the church’s aesthetic appeal would be lost if it were removed. In May of that same year, the steeple was struck by lightning. The congregation felt that this was the Lord’s direction and the large spire [was] stripped off.” From page 2 of Yarmouth North United Baptist Church: Yarmouth County Historical Society Christmas House Tour, December 4, 1999, in file Y MS 2 13, “Yarmouth North United Baptist Church,” at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, 22 Collins Street.

    [3] “On May 1, 1906, a small boy was flying his kite in the north end of Yarmouth, then known as Milton, when a bolt of lightning struck the spire of the Baptist Church, damaging it to such an extent, it necessitated the removal of the spire. The street was roped off and the base of the spire was sawn through. A double span of the Town’s horses were hitched to ropes fastened to the steeple. As they surged forward, the spire struck the ground with such force that the steeple became embedded some seven or eight feet in the ground, where it remains to this day. This young lad was none other than Douglas D. Raymond, Sr., on whose property the steeple fell.” From page 18 of 100th Anniversary, 1871–1971: History of the Yarmouth North United Baptist Church, in file Y MS 2 13, “Yarmouth North United Baptist Church,” at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, 22 Collins Street.

    [4] J. Murray Lawson, Yarmouth Past and Present: A Book of Reminiscences. Yarmouth Herald, Yarmouth NS, 1902. 681 pp.

    [5] I thank archivist Lisette Gaudet, of the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, for providing access to the photographs and archival material concerning Yarmouth’s Baptist churches. All photographs labeled Yarmouth County Museum and Archives (YCMA) are copyrighted. Please contact the Archives if you would like to acquire a photo.

    [6] My thanks, as always, to Wilfred Allan for permitting me to display digital images of his postcards.

William Day (1 December 2013)