Historic Sites & Tours
Washington Church, Washington, New Hampshire
The Washington, New Hampshire Church is the first church where Sabbath-keeping Adventists met. This happened in 1844, a full 19 years before the Seventh-day Adventist church was organized as a denomination. James White, one of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist church, described the Washington church as "the place where Sabbath keeping was first practiced among Adventists".
The church was built by a group of Christian Brethren who, in quick succession, accepted first the advent (Millerite) message regarding the soon coming of Christ, then accepted the Seventh-day (Saturday) as the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. They were joined in this acceptance by a traveling Methodist minister and this group thus became the first Sabbath-keeping Adventists.
In the early days of the movement, Sabbath-keeping Adventists were widely scattered in congregations with no central organization. Traveling Adventist, Sabbath-keeping preachers not only spread the message, but also provided leadership and connection between the believers. Washington church not only hosted and benefited from these traveling leaders, but also contributed to them from its ranks.
The Washington Church organized as a Seventh-day Adventist church in 1862 and continued functioning until______. Today, services at the church continue thanks to a group of volunteers who have refurbished the building and who organize services on many Sabbaths during the May to October season.
The Washington Church has a comprehensive website that includes information on Sabbath services, history, tours, etc.