Carriage Towne News
---- — DANVILLE — The Historic 1850 Union Church on Beach Plain Road in Danville will hold its Summer Church Services on Sun., July 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 11:00 a.m. The simple service is an old tradition that should not be missed. Refreshments will be enjoyed after the service on the lawn of the old church.
One of the unique features inside the old 1850 church is its huge pipe organ. Just to make room for the organ, three pews were removed. The organ was a gift to the Union Church in 1940 in memory of Flora Gordon Bakie by her husband, William A. Bakie of Kingston. Flora Gordon Bakie was the daughter of Levi Sanborn Gordon and Dorothy Ann Clifford. Levi S. Gordon owned pew No. 23 in the Union Church. The church paid $100 to have the organ moved from the Congregational Church in Kingston to the Union Church in North Danville. The organ is listed in the National Register of Historic Organs and may be the only pipe organ in the United States that is used in its original condition!
The organ is an early work of William B.D. Simmons & Co., Boston. It is in a free standing position at the front of the sanctuary in the church building. The tone is excellent and the pipe work is in good condition. The pine case is finished to imitate rosewood. The organ runs on a bellows that must be pumped by a worn, wooden lever around the backside. The sound from each pipe blends with all the other pipes to make listening to the music a wonderful experience.
The old pipe organ and other sights and sounds inside this small-framed church will give you a sense of the past in the small village of North Danville.
Please join the members of the Union Church for an enjoyable experience. If you need more information, please call Betsy Sanders at 642-5070. Happy Summer to all!