The old "First Church" in Springfield, Ma has closed it's doors.
By MAUREEN STACCATO
Founded in 1637, Old First Church is the oldest church in Western Massachusetts, and among the oldest in the United States. At the time of its incorporation, the Church counted among its membership every resident of Springfield. The current Meeting House, completed in 1819, was designated as a state historical landmark in 1971 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. In fact, the church's historical significance cannot be overstated-in addition to its integral role in the birth of the Springfield, the church provided a stop along the Underground Railroad, and played host to famed statesman Daniel Webster, and abolitionist John Brown. Upon his death in 1848, the body of President John Quincy Adams lay in State at Old First Church. Through its denomination, the Uni...