150th Anniversary of Dunbarton Church Celebrated with Award-Winning Music

Dunbarton, NH -- The Church of St. John the Evangelist invites neighbors and friends to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Grammy Award winning musician Dan Zanes will present three benefit concerts on Saturday, October 15.  Saturday’s concerts at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will feature music for families and children, with admission at $10. At 7 p.m., a concert will celebrate the music of Lead Belly, with admission at $15. Tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds will benefit community and refugee support efforts. The church is located at 270 Stark Highway in Dunbarton.

The Rev. Skeates, Vicar of St. John the Evangelist, explained, “For 150 years, this church has baptized, married and buried residents of this region. St. John’s is a welcoming community that provides nourishment for the spirit and support for the challenges of daily living. We hope our presence here continues to enrich the community in the years to come.”  

The Church of St. John the Evangelist traces its early history to Thomas G. Valpey, a master at St. Paul's School, who began conducting divine services at the old Stark schoolhouse in North Dunbarton. The first site of the church itself was on a plot of land owned by Miss Mary Stark, great granddaughter of General John Stark, who financed its construction by local artisans in 1866-69 not far from the Stark Mansion. In 1890, with the help of several teams of oxen, the church was moved piece by piece to its present location on a half-acre lot donated by Mr. David Sargent.

On Sunday, October 16, a service of Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. by The Rev. Winnie Skeates, Vicar, with guest preacher The Rev. Richard Greenleaf, Sr. Chaplain of St. Paul’s School. For more information about St. John the Evangelist, visit www.stjohndunbarton.org