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Salem History Fun Facts!

Yes -- There are tons of books, websites, articles, walking tours, and museums where we can learn about Salem history, but more gets discovered all the time and I'd love to share new finds with you!

Did you know that the First Church in Salem (Unitarian) is not only the first church in Salem but the first church in America, founded in 1629? This pre-dates the First Church in Boston, which was established in 1630 when the Arbella fleet colonists from England settled in Boston. This fact annoys people in Boston but, hey, there it is!

Today, First Church is comprised of five churches all of whom joined forces over these past centuries. One of them, the North Church, is where Elizabeth, Mary, and Sophia Peabody attended services. Other Trancendentalists did as well, including Jones Very, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Susan Burley.

Now you know!

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mike furlong January 23, 2013 at 06:48 PM
This claim might come as a surprise to the First Parish in Plymouth A Unitarian-Universalist Congregation, whose members came over on the Mayflower in 1620.
Bonnie Hurd Smith January 23, 2013 at 07:09 PM
That doesn't mean they established an official church right away. Neither did folks in VA. The Salem church has this well documented. It's not my claim!

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