While driving past the church, I saw persons leaving the building and approached them about seeing the instrument. I was warmly received and taken into the church.
I was granted permission to photograph the instrument, and after asking, was allowed to play it for a brief period. The instrument fully fills the room with a beautiful, gentle sound. The room has a 4 second reverberation. The Twelfth is prominent in the room in the ensemble.
My hosts were very gracious, and I am planning on returning to get more information on pipe counts.
I played this organ in 1972 after restoration. The Church history notes: "The church boasts having an organ that is over 180 years old. It was built in 1824-25 by Thomas Appleton of Boston, a leading 19th century master of that trade. Few others like it exist. It was originally built for Beneficial Congregational Church in Providence, R.I. where it was dedicated in 1825. In 1884, the women of St. John's purchased the organ from the Roosevelt Organ Company of New York. This organ served the parish until 1971 when it underwent restoration work by James R. McFarland of Selinsgrove, financed by a gift from the estate of Elsie Cooch and Mrs. Anna Palmer." http://www.vpnavy01.com/websites/cnp/st-johns-ashland.html
Status Note: There 1983
This entry represents the rebuilding and presumably installation of a used organ. Rebuilt by Hilborne Roosevelt in 1886, 2-12. Originally built for Benificent Congregational Church in Providence, Rhode Island. Renovated c. 1976 by McFarland, Visscher & Co.
The original Appleton would almost certainly have been a GGG-compass organ of 58-notes, with a 17-note flat/straight pedalboard. The Swell expression mechanism would have been a ratchet / hitch-down type.
Church exterior: Photograph from an archival source: vintage postcard, submitted by James R. Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 1907
Front of church with organ case recessed in a chamber: Photograph by Jack Umholtz. Taken on 2023-09-02
Right stopjamb, bottom. Pedal Bourdon Bass drawknob is out of the photo below the Unison Bass drawknob.: Photograph by Jack Umholtz. Taken on 2023-09-02
Left side drawknobs, top. Missing label is Couple Sw. & Gr.: Photograph by Jack Umholtz. Taken on 2023-09-02
Photograph by Person unknown Found in online search, submitted by Robert Vogel. : Photograph by Jack Umholtz. Taken on 2023-09-02