Making History

GiveLocal 2018

The Warren Historical Society is grateful to the Connecticut Community Foundation for organizing the 2018 GiveLocal Campaign! The drive begins tomorrow and this year we are hoping to raise enough money to purchase an oversized flatbed scanner for our document preservation work and to conserve the hand drawn maps of Edward Hereth. Between April 24 and April 25, please visit our profile page and help us realize our goals!


The Church of England

The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts

Connecticut was a Puritan colony. Their religious practices were a “protest” to those of the Church of England. Despite their objection to England’s state religion, the colony was very aware that their charter came from the King. Consequently, Anglicans lived and worshipped among their Warren neighbors albeit paying taxes to support the East Greenwich Society. The area around College Farms seems to have been inhabited by many Anglicans and the activities of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, the missionary agency of the Anglican Church, can be documented from 1763 in Kent.

The Moravians

                                 Moravian missionary

Four short years after the first white settlers arrived in what is now Warren, Moravian missionaries from Bohemia arrived  to minister to Native Americans. Their mission was on the western bank of the Housatonic River. Like every other human being they welcomed the Indians as sinners as long as they believed in God and has the Savior in their hearts. From the outset they were viewed as suspicious and when they refused to take the Oath of Allegiance to the King, their missionary activities were terminated in Connecticut at the end of the French and Indian War.

Faiths of Our Fathers

For the next few weeks our Facebook posting will highlight some excerpts from our recent program entitled Faiths of Our Fathers which covered the religious traditions of the people of Warren who were not members of the Congregational Church.
                                                                                                                                              State of religious freedom

                                  Thomas Hooker

Thomas Hooker, a leading Puritan clergyman, founded the Colony of Connecticut in 1636 and, in accordance with every other sovereign nation of the time, ordained an established church. Puritans insured their right to practice their faith freely and fined, imprisoned or banished non-Conformists.  The Toleration Act of 1708 gave Christians of every denomination the right to worship, but the tax revenues of conformists and non-coformists alike supported the established church.