One of the great untold stories in New England must be the details of the town-by-town contests between the Unitarians and the Congregationalists during the Nineteenth Century for possession of the town square church and its collection of silver.
Driving through New England towns, a quick glance at the sign outside the church on the common tells who won. But what about the silver?
You don't hear much about it — until it's sold to pay for repairs. As at First Parish Church (Unitarian Universalist) in Beverly, Massachusetts. A shame to lose the silver, but the church building is repaired.