Falmouth, Mass. First Congregational Church

Church History

First Congregational Church of Falmouth began as an outlying "branch" of the church located in nearby Barnstable. This "branch" was initially ministered to by layman Jonathan Dunham and didn't have a meetinghouse until 1700. It wasn't until 1708, twenty years after the town of Falmouth was incorporated, that First Congregational Church of Falmouth was gathered as its own distinct body.

Since its founding more than 300 years ago, the church has been a significant supporter of missionary endeavors, and in 1830 declared by congregational vote to be staunch supporters of the temperance movement. They have inhabited three buildings in four locations (meetinghouse number three was moved across the street in 1857). Learn more about the history First Congregational Church of Falmouth by visiting their website.

To learn more about this collection, see the archival finding aid.


Digital Materials

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Church records, 1731-1790

These records primarily document the admissions of new members, marriages, and baptisms which took place at First Church. Also included are records of church meetings and, to a lesser extent, records of correspondence regarding the call of their new minister, Rev. Isaac Mann, in 1780.

A full transcription of this volume is available.

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