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Rescuing the Pilgrim's First Church

Dec 30, 2019

Plymouth Church
Credit photo by Martin Gonzales

First Parish Plymouth is the oldest contiguous congregation in America. They trace their lineage all the way back to 1606, in Scrooby, England – before the Pilgrims even left England. They’ve had a church on the same land since the year after the Pilgrims landed.

Mayflower Meeting House is the fifth one, built in the 1890s after a fire decimated the previous one. But it’s gone largely unrestored since its completion, and the building was starting to show serious structural damage. As the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim landing approached, the congregation had some tough choices to make about their future.

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