Historic Sites & Tours
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Welcome to the Northern New England Conference, land of scenic splendor, and rich in historical associations, both denominational and historical. This is the cradle of Seventh-day Adventism, for here James and Ellen White, J. N. Andrews, and others of our pioneers were born. Here Ellen White had her first visions and James White began his evangelistic preaching. It was also in the Conference territory that our church paper was first published. From these humble origins our work has grown to a world encircling movement. This Conference has also grown from a small company of believers in 1844 to a membership in 2002 of more than 4500. Our Conference now has 55 churches, 12, schools, a 58 bed hospital, a 44 unit Adventist retirement community.
There is no complete written history of all the people and events connected with the rise and progression of the Advent Movement in this area immediately following 1844. Few people have had personal interviews with the associates of the Whites and J.N. Andrews when they were in Topsham and Paris, Maine, but there are many today who are following in the spiritual paths of the pioneers, and their number is increasing
As a denomination we have no shrines, but we do honor the spirit of devotion and sacrifice shown by our pioneers. Many of our members and friends are interested in visiting the places where our work began. This is not a complete guide book, but the visitor should find some help in the suggestions given.
Since many of the buildings are not occupied by the Seventh-day Adventists, it is better not to ask to enter the building. If the occupants seem disturbed by persons taking pictures, explain the reason for taking them. By being friendly and courteous you can preserve the good image of our church. You may obtain additional copies of the booklet by either visiting or contacting the Northern New England Conference at: