Unitarian Society (Fall River)

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The Unitarian Society
Unitarian Church FR.jpg
The former Unitarian Society Church, destroyed by fire, 1983
Unitarian Society (Fall River) is located in Massachusetts
Unitarian Society (Fall River)
Unitarian Society (Fall River) is located in the US
Unitarian Society (Fall River)
Location Fall River, Massachusetts
Coordinates 41°42′22″N 71°9′17″W / 41.70611°N 71.15472°W / 41.70611; -71.15472Coordinates: 41°42′22″N 71°9′17″W / 41.70611°N 71.15472°W / 41.70611; -71.15472
Built 1835
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP May 13, 1982
The new church

The Unitarian Society was an historic church building located at 309 North Main Street in Fall River, Massachusetts.


The church was built in 1835 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The church was originally built at the corner of Second and Borden streets. In 1861, it was dismantled and rebuilt on North Main Street.

Samuel Longfellow was ordained and installed as minister of the church in February, 1848. His brother Henry Wadsworth Longfellow furnished the hymn[2] for the ceremony. Samuel Longfellow's ministry in Fall River lasted 3 years.[3]

The church was destroyed by fire on September 2, 1983. It was the oldest church in the city at the time. However, surviving the fire was a Paul Revere bell, one ornate stained glass window, two plaques, a pulpit, and the baptismal font.[4] A new church was later built at the same location, in a new style (see image below).

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