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Lacey Township - Potter Meeting House
An unchanging wind brought a preacher to
the Potter Meeting House in Lacey Township in 1770. Rev. John Murray,
a Universalist minister, was sailing from England when his ship ran aground
outside Cranberry Inlet. All the passengers went ashore including Rev.
Murray, who wandered off amd came upon Thomas Potter cleaning fish which
Murray wanted to buy to feed the ship's passengers. In their conversation,
Potter discovered that Murray was a religious mam and that he had been
waiting for God to send him someone to preach, Thomas Potter built the
meeting house as a place of worship for any group wishing to hold religious
meetings. Rev. Murray said he would preach. So on September 6, 1770, Rev.
John Murray delivered the first Universalist sermon in the New World,
establishing Lacey Township as the birthplace of Universalism in America.