Lacey Township - Potter Meeting House

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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.