FIRST - Nondenominational Church in America - South Carver, MA
Posted by: silverquill
N 41° 51.464 W 070° 45.491
19T E 354065 N 4635475
Quick Description: This beautifully restored Gothic style church building was erected in 1855 as the first nondenominational church in America. It is now maintained by the Union Church Society, but is open only twice a year for services.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 2/18/2012 4:44:01 AM
Waymark Code: WMDR7C
This striking Gothic style church building was constructed in 1854-1855 largely under the leadership of prominent Carver resident William Savery and the proprietors of South Meeting House which had been erected in 1772. Intended as a place for local residents to gather for worship, Union Church was the first nondenominational church in America. It is adjacent to Union Cemetery on South Main Street. Many of the graves here predate the church, with burials still taking place.
In 2008 the church building underwent a major renovation of both the exterior and interior. It is unheated and retains a 150 year-old pump organ. There is no active worshiping congregation any longer. The church is maintained for its historic value and opened just twice a year for services, including a Christmas candlelight service.
BY HEIRS OF THE PROPRIETORS
OF THE ORIGINAL
SOUTH MEETING HOUSE
WHICH WAS ERECTED IN 1772
ON A SITE 1/3 MILES TO THE
DEDICATED JULY 28, 1855
INCORPORATED AUGUST 16, 1908
THE UNION SOCIETY OF
SOUTH CARVER MASSACHUSETTS
THIS PLAQUE DEDICATED IN 1976 BY
MEMBERS OF THE UNION SOCIETY
IN OBSERVANCE OF THE BICENTENNIAL
Type of documentation of superlative status: Web Site
Location of coordinates: Front entrance
Web Site: [Web Link]
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