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The Congregational Church UCC
273 route 81
Killingworth, Connecticut 06419

OHS Database ID 9432.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 29, 2012.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 17 stops. 22 ranks. 885 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 25 notes.

The organ is in a gallery at the rear of the room and some pipes are exposed. Traditional style console. There is an attached keydesk en fenêtre.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Trigger/hitch-down swell. No combination action. Concave radiating pedalboard (not AGO standard dimensions).


  • The original builder was E. L. Holbrook (1875). (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Status Note: There 1994 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Rebuild and enlargement. OH 1975 indicates he restored original specification and enlarged pedal division from 25 notes to 30 notes. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through on-line information from Maryann McCary. -- Rebuild in 1971 by Mr. Hamar included: replacement of hand pumping bellows by an electric blower; addition of two ranks in the pedal section, extension of the pedal compass 5 additional notes. The rest of his work was a restoration back to the original description. The original dedication and rededication programs from 1875 and 1971 are preserved in the church. (Database Manager. May 31, 2011)
  • Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock. -- "The [Congregational Church in Killingworth] was organized in the 1730's, but the present building was begun in 1817 and completed in 1820. It is attributed to the well known early 19th century architect, Ithiel Town. The organ is very unusual-- it is a two manual organ built in 1875 by E.L. Holbrook, a regional builder from East Medway, MA. Holbrook was a mostly self taught builder whose work was rather shoddy in some respects: one might perhaps call him a folk organ builder. The case of the organ looks rather crude in comparison to the work of the best builders of the period. It sports a painted board across the front with the motto, 'Let All The People Praise Thee', and also has something that was very experimental at the time: exposed Great pipework. Richard Hamar, who restored the organ in 1971, was with us for the day, and he explained what he had done in the restoration. Especially interesting was the printed program of the dedication of the organ in 1875. Typical of the time, it featured vocal solos and choral works in addition to organ works. All of the organ works on the program were performed by the builder." (excerpted from Stephen Roberts posting to Piporg-L) (Database Manager. February 29, 2012)

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Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Jerry Mead 2019-05-22
Keydesk. Photograph by Jerry Mead 2019-05-22
Organ Facade and Keydesk. Photograph by Jerry Mead 2019-05-22

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  • Original document from .. Source:
    Killingworth, CT
    The Congregational Church UCC
    Organ by Holbrook/Richard Craig Hamar
    Swell :
    Salicional 8'
    Kermilophone 8'
    Stopped Diapson Bass 8' 
    Stopped Diapson 8'
    Principal 4'
    Oboe 8' (TC) 
    Stopped Diapason Bass 8' 
    Meloida 8' (TC) 
    Open Diapson 8' 
    German Gamba 8' 
    Octave 4' 
    Concert Flute 4' (TC) 
    Mixture 12th- 15th 
    Sesquialtera 3 ranks
    Swell to Great 
    Sub bass 16' 
    Gedeckt 8' 
    Fifthteenth 4' 
    Swell to Pedal 
    Great to Pedal 		
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