Meetinghouse Moments

Welcome to Meettinghouse Moments. The Avon Congregational Church will soon celebrate a series of 200th anniversaries.

In December, it will be 200 years since a fire destroyed Avon's original meetinghouse. the actual date is unknown but it is believed to be between Dec. 18 and Dec. 31.

One year from now (October 5, 2018) we will mark the 200th anniversary of our petition to the Connecticut General Assembly to incorporate as the Religious Association of Farmington (also known as the United Society of Farmington).


On September 7, 2019, we will mark the 200th anniversary of the first documented service in the new meetinghouse. 

I hope you will enjoy Meetinghouse Moments, as our members have sought to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ over the past two centuries.

Nora Howard, ACC Historian

Introducing Mary Louisa Kellogg in 1876

Activist, Chinese-American relations

Mary Louisa Kellogg
Mary Louisa Kellogg was baptized at ACC in 1852, and grew up in the church. She was the granddaughter of the first pastor, Rev. Bela Kellogg. 

This wedding photograph documents her marriage in 1876 to Yung Wing, a graduate of Yale College and the Chinese minister to the United States. They were married in Avon (unknown location) with Mr. Yung's dear friend, the Rev. Joseph Twichell of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church, officiating.

They had two children before she died in 1886. Her husband raised the two young boys, at the same time he was actively promoting Chinese-American relations, as described in his remarkable autobiography.