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Property Name First Congregational Parish Historic District
Reference Number 14000214
State Massachusetts
County Barnstable
Town Truro
Street Address 3 First Parish Lane, 26 Bridge Road
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 5/19/2014
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The First Congregational Parish District contains three resources, the First Congregational Church, the Congregational Cemetery, and Snow Cemetery. These resources, together with the adjacent Union Hall (NR 1997), represent the most intact concentration of 19th -century civic and religious institutions in Truro. The First Congregational Church, built in 1827, was the town's third meetinghouse and is the oldest surviving church in the town. It is an excellent example of an early 19th-century Federal Greek Revival institutional building in Truro, and the church's organization has been closely identified with the town's development since 1709. The Congregational Cemetery that surrounds the church is an integral part of its setting, and contains grave markers and monuments associated with significant 19th -century individuals and events. Snow Cemetery, located immediately south of the Congregational Cemetery, is significant in the town as the only cemetery that was not started in association with a church, having started as a family burying ground in the early 1800s, and opened to the public in the 1930s. Snow Cemetery is associated with prominent 19th -century Truro families, as well as the 20th -century development of the Outer Cape artist community. The district meets National Register Criterion A for its association with the historic development of Truro, and Criterion C for its well-preserved example of early 19th -century institutional architecture in the Federal/Greek Revival style. The period of significance extends from 1812, the earliest death date at the Congregational Cemetery, to 1964, the 50-year cut-off period for properties in continuing use.

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