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First Baptist Church
4895 Main Street
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255

OHS Database ID 7311.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 194.

Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition October 19, 2007.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 14 stops. 14 registers. 14 ranks. 823 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard.


  • The original builder was Johnson & Son (1896, Opus843). (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Status Note: There 1990 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • From Union Church (originally Proctor Family Chapel), Proctor, VT in 1926. Restored Andover. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- The organ was removed from Proctor, transported, and reassembled/installed by a committee of four parishioners headed by C.W. Sykes. It took about a month to reinstall. It was rededicated in morning services on June 20, 1926. A recital including the Equinox Orchestra was given from 7:00-to-8:00 that same evening. The organ was restored along historic guidelines by the Andover Organ Co. in 1974 as their R-163. The facade is 3-sectional with 25 handsomely stencilled pipes arranged: 5-(5-5-5)-5, and 21 stencilled "tomato can" dummies above/behind the main facade. The organ is recessed into a front chamber. It is still able to be hand-pumped. Documented October 21, 1988. (Database Manager. October 19, 2007)

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  • Pinel, Stephen. "First Baptist Church, Manchester Center, Vermont: Johnson & Son, Opus 843 (1896)," 2006 Organ Atlas: Capital District Region, New York State (pp. 150-151). [History, complete description, stoplist and photographs]

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  • Typed Specification. Source: OHS Organ Atlas of the Capital District Region 2006
    Manchester Center, Vermont
    First Baptist Church
    Wm. Johnson & Son   Opus 843   1896
             GREAT ORGAN
          8' Open Diapason       61
          8' Melodia             61
          8' Dulciana            61
          4' Octave              61
          4' Flute d'Amour       61
      2 2/3' Twelfth             61
          2' Fifteenth           61
             SWELL ORGAN
          8' Open Diapason       61
          8' Salicional          61
          8' Stop'd. Diapason    61
          8' Aeoline             61
          4' Fugara              61
          8' Oboe and Bassoon    61
         16' Sub Bass            30
             Great to Pedale
             Swell to Pedale
             Swell to Great
             Pedale Check
             Blowers Signal
             Forte Great
             Piano Great
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2018-05-03]
  • Click Here Typed Specification. Source: OHS Organ Atlas of the Capital District Region 2006 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.