South Starksboro

South Starksboro Friends meetinghouse sits in Vermont's Green Mountains.
South Starksboro Friends meetinghouse sits in Vermont’s Green Mountains.
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Hanover

From the street, the Hanover Friends meetinghouse reflects its origins as a private residence near the Dartmouth College campus.
From the street, the Hanover Friends meetinghouse reflects its origins as a private residence near the Dartmouth College campus.
Friends typically arrive and leave at the back of the house, which includes new additions.
Friends typically arrive and leave at the back of the house, which includes new additions.

Yarmouth

The Yarmouth Quaker meetinghouse on Cape Cod is distinctive in that the traditional women's side, on the left, was much larger than the men's side, on the right. The reason, we're told, is that many of the men were often out to sea.
The Yarmouth Quaker meetinghouse on Cape Cod is distinctive in that the traditional women’s side, on the left, was much larger than the men’s side, on the right. The reason, we’re told, is that many of the men were often out to sea.

Mattapoisett

The 1827 Quaker meetinghouse in Mattapoisset, Massachusetts, is one of a string of Friends congregations in communities along Buzzards Bay.
The 1827 Quaker meetinghouse in Mattapoisset, Massachusetts, is one of a string of Friends congregations in communities along Buzzards Bay.

 

Settle in for worship.
Settle in for worship.

 

The heating system's been updated.
The heating system’s been updated.

Winthrop Center

Winthrop Friends Church in central Maine has opened its doors to an Anglican congregation. The arrangement seems to suit both worshiping bodies.
Winthrop Friends Church in central Maine has opened its doors to an Anglican congregation. The arrangement seems to suit both worshiping bodies.

The uncharacteristic spire and bell were at the insistence of the donor who underwrote the costs of constructing the meetinghouse. Change was in the air, not just for Friends.

Seabrook

Seabrook's 1701 meetinghouse
Seabrook’s 1701 meetinghouse. Friends would have been scandalized by the Christmas decorations.

The Seabrook meetinghouse was moved to Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, where it became a private residence. The central chimney is a later addition.

Beacon Hill

Set in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, Friends worship in a house reputed designed by Charles Bulfinch, the architect of the Massachusetts State House just a few blocks away. The meetinghouse also includes a group residential program.
Set in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, Friends worship in a house reputed designed by Charles Bulfinch, the architect of the Massachusetts State House just a few blocks away. The meetinghouse also includes a group residential program.
Welcome to Boston.
Welcome to Boston.

Dover 1-2-3

Dover Meeting resulted from the turbulent visiting ministry of three women in 1662. Despite severe persecution and banishment, they nevertheless returned to the community — soon abetted by more vocal Quakers — and convinced about a third of the population to join with the Society of Friends in spite of the political and social consequences to themselves and their families.

For the first decades, the local Quakers worshiped in members’ homes and farms.

The first meetinghouse was built about 1680 on Dover Neck, just south of the present St. Thomas Aquinas high school and probably just north of the Pinkham family cemetery. The burial ground contains a number of Quaker-style gravestones, some in a thicket behind the maintained section.

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The first Friends meetinghouse likely stood just to the north. Pinkhams were among the members of meeting.
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Some headstones are seen in the thicket behind the maintained section. The view looks toward the likely site of the first meetinghouse.

A second meetinghouse was erected in 1712 near the present corner of Locust and Silver streets, and Dover Friends worshiped in both buildings as a matter of convenience until a third meetinghouse was constructed in 1768. That large structure was likely raised in a single day, the way Amish barns are today, and the two smaller houses were then sold. The first went to Eliot, Maine, where it continued use for Friends worship.

The second meetinghouse is now a private residence on Spring Street, where it was moved, likely in the 1830s.
The second meetinghouse is now a private residence on Spring Street, where it was moved, likely in the 1830s.
The 1768 meetinghouse is still in use.
The 1768 meetinghouse is still in use.