"July 18th a Greenwich Founders' Day and call upon all citizens to join the Town of Greewich, the Greenwich Historical Society, the First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich and the Greenwich Point Conservancy, in commemorating the founding of our town 373 years ago."
The First Congregational Church of Greenwich celebrated Greenwich's 373rd Founders' Day a few days early on Sunday morning.
Pat Larrabee, Head of the Historical Committee at the First Congregational Church of Greenwich said "Every year we celebrate Founders' Day on the Sunday that is closest to July 18th. July 18th in 1640, the English settlers landed on the beach here in Town."
First Selectmen Peter Tesei read a Proclamation celebrating the day at the start of Sunday's service.
Part of the Proclamation read "Whereas the Munsee [Indians] agreed to the occupation of their land in exchange for 25 coats or bolts of cloth."
First Selectmen of the Town of Greenwich Peter Tesei said "That's now given way to several centuries of history where people have come and made Greenwich their home. We're seeing once again a new wave of residents who have decided to make home here in our town. I think celebrating its founding brings together and sews together all the various influences that make the community what it is today."
After the service, members of the congregation met outside in the Memory Garden to enjoy a display of some artifacts spanning the church's history
Larrabee added "The Church however celebrates its anniversary from 1665, 25 years later. On May 18th, 1665 our Church was finally chartered by the State of Connecticut, and in those days the rule was that there was no separation of Church and State. You could only have a town declared if there was a Church."
The First Congregational Church is already preparing to celebrate the Town's 375 Anniversary and the church's 350th in 2015.