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South Boston Historical Society to offer tours of St. Augustine’s Chapel and Cemetery throughout October

Posted by Patrick Rosso  October 3, 2012 11:28 AM

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Throughout October, residents will get the chance to tour one of New England's oldest houses of worship.

The one-of-a-kind, intimate tours of the St. Augustine’s Chapel and Cemetery, on Dorchester Street in South Boston, will be led by members of the South Boston Historical Society and gives attendees the chance to explore the oldest Gothic-revival building in New England and the final resting place for Father Francis Matignon, revered as the first diocesan priest in Boston.

The church is an important historical landmark for Irish immigrants and early Americans.

More 600 people are buried in its cemetery, including the first Irish Catholic to serve on the Boston police force, six veterans of the American Revolution and seven veterans of the Civil War, according to the Boston Historical Society.

The free tours will be held every Saturday morning in October from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the church located at 181 Dorchester St.

For more information about the church or the tours, visit the South Boston Historical Society’s website.

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