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Memorial Church, 1910

The First Congregational Church, UCC of Dudley, also known as Dudley Hill Church, dates back to the incorporation of the town of Dudley in 1732. During that time, a town could only be incorporated if a church were established. The first meeting house, known today as the Carter
house and standing at the intersection of Dudley-Oxford and Ramshorn Roads, served as a meeting place for both worship and town meetings for a few years, until a second meeting house was built on land donated by Nipmuc Indian John Pegan at the top of Dudley Hill. In 1824, the meeting house was dismantled, the wood from which was used to construct a white clapboard church on the same site. This church stood only 66 years before it was consumed by fire in 1890.

Later that same year, the present day church was constructed in the same location, as a gift by Hezekiah Conant, a local scientist, inventor and philanthropist. Its tower houses one of Hezekiah's unique clocks, a clock which continues to keep time today...

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