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May 24, 2012

First Parish Church celebrates its historic role

DERRY — First Parish Church is history.

The church standing on the hill in East Derry opened its doors and history books for a Heritage Day celebration Saturday, complete with stories of the church, its people and its place in Derry's history.

The day was filled with local notables giving lectures and insight on the role the church played in settling the Derry area, including how early settlers arrived here to eventually build a meeting house to gather for worship.

That meeting house is now known as First Parish and as the church gets closer to its 300th anniversary in 2019, efforts are ongoing to make the building look its best.

Other events included tours of nearby Forest Hill Cemetery, children's activities, historical displays, bagpipe music and plenty of food.

Heritage Day was a way for the town to learn more, see the building up close and personal, and hear tales of how it became the "first" church in town.

To learn more about First Parish and its renovation plans, visit, or call 434-0628.

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