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Salem in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Saint Peter's Episcopal Church

Salem, Massachusetts

 

—Founded 1733 —

 
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By Michael Tiernan, October 8, 2011
1. Saint Peter's Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription. The first congregation of the Church of England gathered in Salem in 1626. Driven underground by the puritans, it re-emerged in 1733 as Saint Peter's Parish, built on land given by Philip English, one of the accused Salem witches. Just before the Revolution it was the State Church of the British Royal Governor, General Thomas Gage.

It is the mother parish to many Episcopal Congregations in this area.

In 1773 Nathaniel Bowditch was baptized here. He later wrote "The Practical Navigator" used by sailors for centuries.

Jonathan Pue, whose "Scarlet Letter" and papers Nathaniel Hawthorne later found at the Custom House, is buried here.

The first Bishop of Massachusetts, Edward Bass was elected here and the Constitution of the Diocese of Massachusetts was adopted here in 1790.

The present church building was erected in 1833 during the tenure of Bishop Griswold, the fifth Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

Salem's oldest bell, cast in 1740, hangs in the tower with a nine bell chime, installed in 1887.
 
Location. 42° 31.381′ N, 70° 53.594′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is on St Peter Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is
Saint Peter's Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
By Michael Tiernan, October 8, 2011
2. Saint Peter's Episcopal Church
Immediatly to the right of the marker (left of the main entrance) is this small graveyard.
at or near this postal address: 9 St Peter Street, Salem MA 01970, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Peabody Museum of Salem (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Essex County Armed Services Memorial (about 500 feet away); Roger Conant (about 600 feet away); The First Meeting House Erected in Salem (about 800 feet away); The Burying Point (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Town House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Salem Witch Trials Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of Nathaniel H. Felt (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Salem.
 
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Saint Peter's Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Tiernan, October 8, 2011
3. Saint Peter's Episcopal Church Marker
Saint Peter's Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Tiernan, October 8, 2011
4. Saint Peter's Episcopal Church Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 385 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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