Our History

The First Universalist Church and Society of Barnard welcomes all faiths, and sits idyllically on the southern shore of the beautiful Silver Lake in Barnard, VT.

The Church is an excellent example of a High Greek Revival style construction. Eli Buch was the master carpenter of the building. He also built the Pomfret Congregational Church, erected in 1845 and the Woodstock Universalist church erected in 1835.

The First Universalist Church and Society of Barnard was established in 1802 and led by Rev. Hosea Ballou. The present church was constructed in 1844 and dedicated on June 25th, 1845, when the service was ministered by Rev Hosea Ballou who was then 74 years of age. Hosea Ballou was the founder of the Unitarian Movement and delivered sermons in neighboring towns traveling by horse and buggy.

The church was entered in the Vermont State Register of Historical Places in 1977. This historic church is nestled in the Green Mountains in the quaint town of Barnard. The town was chartered on July 17th, 1761 and celebrated its 250th year anniversary with the reading of the Charter on the July 17th, 2011 at the church.

Barnard is situated on the Southern shore of sparkling Silver Lake one of the cleanest lakes in Vermont. The Northern shores of Silver Lake are surrounded by Silver Lake State Park and the adjacent land is preserved in a Land Trust.

Sinclair Lewis the Nobel Prize novelist and his wife Dorothy Thompson vacationed in Barnard in the 1930′s and 1940′s- they bought 300 acres and called it Twin Farms.

The church continues to provide a place for reflection, spiritual exploration, fellowship and action. The church encourages people of many different religious faiths, ethnic and racial backgrounds and sexual orientation and we welcome everyone.