Parsonsfield Seminary

Founded in 1832, Parsonsfield Seminary in Parsonsfield, Maine had been  an educational institution for 174 years.  The campus consists of four  buildings and  is located on eight acres.  We are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Included in the complex of buildings is an academy building with classrooms, a large 12,500 square foot dormitory, and two smaller buildings.   

Founded  by the Free Will Baptists as their first Seminary (high school) in the United States, Parsonsfield  Seminary operated from 1832 until 1949 when it could no longer sustain its  increasing expenses. During its tenure, it was part of the "Underground Railroad" and also housed  the graduate component and predecessor  to Bates College.

Par Sem  hosts many other firsts, as well, such as, the first post-graduate Free Will Baptist divinity school in the United  States. The Seminary also housed the first collection of Free Will Baptist literature in one place, and it had the first high school temperance league in the United States. We are also awaiting acknowledgement that we are part of the Portland Freedom Trail.

Following the closing of Parsonsfield Seminary, the Consolidated School District used the academy building  until 1986 when they moved to a new school building.  Fearing the loss of these historic buildings, a group of concerned citizens formed a non-profit, non-sectarian  group called "The Friends of Par Sem." to oversee the buildings. The primary goal of this group is to refurbish the seminary campus as an artistic and cultural center.

The Academy building was used by the local Head Start program for 18 years until funding curtailed it in 2006. Significant progress is being made in restoring the buildings through money raised by sale of "Memory Rooms", rentals for weddings, conferences,seminars, graduations, etc.

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