A prominent landmark in North Fairfield is the old Congregational Church on North Main Street. It was built in 1849 and dedicated in 1850.
For almost a century it was the Sabbath home of the Congregationalists, until they disbanded in 1946.
The church was organized in 1841 at the home of Abijah Benson, who lived just north of the village on what was well-known later as the Rowley Farm, with its imposing brick house. Fire destroyed the Rowley house several years ago. The homes of various members hosted Congregationalist services until they bought a building lot in February of 1849. The constituent members in 1841 were Elijah and Freelove Benson; Phebe West; and Jonathan and Clarissa Fessenden.
Even though the church was completed in 1850 it could not afford a bell until 1866. Most of the money to pay for it was raised by the young people of the community. It was cast by Jones & Co. "founders" in Troy, New York, and came to Norwalk by train. It was then hauled to North Fairfield and placed in the tower. At that time it was largest bell in Huron County, weighing in at 1,032 pounds. After the Fairfield Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons bought the church property in 1946 (I believe) they had the bell removed from the steeple and placed on the front lawn. I'm sure it was a heavy weight, even on that large building.