Construction on the Hampton United Church started on May 7, 1874, when the Honourable Senator John Simpson laid the first cornerstone. The property once was the site of a hotel, but that building was relocated across the street and moved North and exists today as a house.
The community celebrated the opening of the Church in February with morning, afternoon and evening services, as well as a dinner that cost a total of 75 cents per person!
~ 1898-99 Eastern Ontario Gazetteer and Directory
Here is a short note posted in the 1898-99 Eastern Ontario Gazetteer and Directory by F A Cole, Postmaster when it was a Methodist Church.
A village in Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario 27 miles west of Cobourg, the county seat, and 5 miles north of Bowmanville, on the G T R its nearest railway and banking point. It contains a Methodist church and public school. Stages daily to Bowmanville.. G N W Tel. Pop 350.
F A Cole, Postmaster
https://krassoc.wordpress.com/2017/04/15/hampton-methodist-church-darlington-township-durham-county-ontario/ (note photo seen in link is not connected to church).
~ 1975 Celebrates it’s Centennial
Here’s a link to the article “Hampton United Church – Celebrates its Centennial” that appeared in the Canadian Statesman, Bowmanville on July 2, 1975.
~ 2017 Today
The modern-day Hampton United Church is a hub of activity for the village of Hampton. Its location at the central intersection in Hampton gives the church a prominence which makes it the architectural focal point of the village. Surrounded by mature trees and an iron fence, the church has a particularly fine setting which enhances its Gothic Revival Design. The Christian Education Wing acts as the unofficial community center and plays host to a number of community events like card nights and themed dinners.