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The Unitarian Church


Yesterday, c.1920, an old automobile is parked next to the Unitarian Church (see the 1877 map) The Unitarian (the South Church) was built in 1826 during the ministry of Doctor Nathan Parker who was considered an ideal preacher and guide by his parishioners. Dr. Parker is credited with being the man most responsible for the Unitarian theology coming to this church. It was sometimes called the liberal movement and had permeated the North Church as well. But its congregation vetoed the liberal movement and followers departed for the South Church.


Today, another vehicle is parked next to the Unitarian Church though a little bit further down the street than was the c. 1920 auto. The South Church is still the Unitarian Church which is the only Greek Revival public building that remains in Portsmouth. Over the years the church's exterior has both been bare (as it is today) and covered with ivy (as it was in yesterday's picture).

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