FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF LEE
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Church Tours to Benefit Capital Campaign
On Saturday mornings starting May 26 and continuing through
the month of October from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the First Congregational
Church of Lee will be offering a guided tour of the sanctuary including
a brief history of the founding of the church. Records of the church dating
back to the 1780s will be available upon request.
The Lee Congregational Church built in 1857 is an unusually fine example
of Romanesque style of architecture and is the dominant feature of the
church park on which it stands. It is reputed to have the tallest wooden
frame steeple in the United States under which the bell tower houses a
bell weighing 2,000 pounds. The tower also houses a Seth Thomas Clock
System, still wound weekly by hand that tolls the time every hour.
The sanctuary with its "trompe l'oeil" (fool-the-eye) stenciling
done by itinerant French and German artists in 1858 ia s breathtaking
sight. Not a day goes by that a visitor doesn't take a photo of this beautiful
church whose spire can be seen for miles as one enters downtown Lee. It
is one of the most photographed buildings in the town.
The congregation is involved in a capital campaign to raise $500,000 to
renovate, restore, preserve this historic Lee landmark. All proceeds from
the tours will go to the capital campaign. Donations are $5.00 per person
and children under 12, accompanied by adults, will be admitted free.
25 Park Place Lee, MA. 01238