Scenic USA - Connecticut

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St. Bridget's Church

St. Bridget's Church

Photo by Ben Prepelka

Centuries ago a string of small towns sprouted up in northwest Connecticut's Housatonic River Valley. The valley is surrounded by beautiful upland farms and well worn mountains. Their beginnings in the 1700s moved slowly, adding additional growth during the 19th century, spurred on by iron production at the town of Cornwall Bridge.
One of the picturesque sights in Cornwall Bridge is this view from scenic Route 7. The snow white St. Bridget's Church appears nestled in its cozy valley; one of Connecticut's photogenic gems.
Long before western Connecticut residents could afford a church building, itinerant priests traveled the countryside on horseback, saying mass to the faithful. The town's fledgling congregation collected a thousand dollars toward the initial building fund for St. Bridget's. Construction on the church structure began in 1882. Once completed, the church continued to struggle financially and the parish seat was transferred in 1896 to St. Bernard's in nearby Sharon.
Today, St. Bridget's has been fully reconditioned and redecorated, and stands as a testament to the tenacity of the townspeople. Withstanding well over a century of New England's harsh winters, the well built Gothic style church recently gave its parishioners strong cause for a 125th anniversary celebration.



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