Third in our series to appear on the first Friday of each month: Boston Firsts Fridays. #BostonFirsts
First Realty Management Corp. was founded in Boston over 50 years ago. We are proud to call this wonderful city our home, and call focus to some of the events & innovations that happened FIRST in Boston.
BF#03 King’s Chapel
A ways up Tremont Street from our office sits the beautiful King’s Chapel. First Unitarian church in America, it is also the first permanently established Anglican church in New England, as well as the oldest American pulpit in continuous use on its original site. Phew! And it’s also a lovely old building…
The cemetery immediately next to the church contains quite a bit of history itself, being the final resting spot for a number of famous firsts: first governor of Massachusetts, John Winthrop and his son John The Younger, who was the first governor of Connecticut; Robert Keayne, founder and first captain of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company; William Dawes, Jr., first messenger sent from Boston to Lexington to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams (he left an hour before Paul Revere – http://www.history.com/news/the-midnight-ride-of-william-dawes); and Mary Chilton, purportedly the first European woman to step ashore at Plymouth Rock.
Fun fact: the bell that rings to summon parishioners to service today was cast by Paul Revere!
King’s Chapel: http://www.kings-chapel.org/