Religious practice in Hartland is known to have existed since its early settlement. Although formal churches wouldn't be built for a few decades, many people still gathered to practice their respective beliefs at neighborhood homes throughout the area and various venues including the Academy and Central Hall on Main Street (future Tannery Scales Parking lot). Early Methodist, Baptist & various other denominations were common throughout the region. It was also the policy of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the time to reserve certain lots for future use for all lands sold. Specifically, as noted in the original 1799 Land Deed for Hartland to Dr. John Warren, "Excepting and reserving however, four lots of three hundred and twenty acres each for the following uses viz., One lot for the first settled minister his Heirs or assigns - One lot for the use of the ministry - One lot for the use of schools, and One lot for the future disposition of the General Court. The said lots to average in situation and quality with the other lands in said Township."
~ The Baptist Church ~
The Baptist Church was built in 1842 by Sherman Stone of Ripley. For awhile it was combined with St. Albans Church and was called St. Albans Village Church. Problems arose and there was a split. On October 27, 1847 a meeting was called and it formally organized as Hartland Baptist Church.
~ The Methodist Church ~
Methodists had long been practicing in Hartland gathering at various venues before they had a dedicated church building. In 1883, work began on a new building on Commercial Street led by the efforts and financial support of Mrs. Grace (Wilson) Linn, wife of Archibald Linn. It cost $2,800 to build and was erected by Amasa J. Moor of Hartland.
Mrs. Linn unfortunately passed away on January 26, 1884. Her funeral was the first memorial service held in the new church she worked to have built. On March 26, 1884, the church was officially dedicated in her memory as the Grace Linn Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church. She is interred at Ireland Cemetery with her husband, Archibald Linn, and 2 of their children.
~ Hartland Full Gospel Church ~
In 1960 the Central Maine Home Missions Board purchased a small building on lower Elm Street (on the Palmyra Town Line). The first level was devoted to the Church Sanctuary & Sunday School Classrooms with a small parsonage on the second floor. In 1968, the Pastor was ordained and the Church was incorporated as the Hartland Full Gospel Church
In the early 1970s, a new Church (seen below) was built and set back from Elm Street. Portions of the former Methodist Church in Guilford which was torn down were recycled and used in the new building. The new Church featured a 6 room parsonage. Eight additional Sunday School rooms were added in 1984 and in 1990 a gymnasium was added.