Mary Dyer

Mary Dyer was executed by Puritan authorities who opposed her Quaker witness. She faces Boston Common, where she was hanged in 1660.
Mary Dyer was executed by Puritan authorities who opposed her Quaker witness. She faces Boston Common, where she was hanged in 1660.

This 1959 statue by Sylvia Shaw Judson sits on the grounds of the Massachusetts State House in Boston.

Dyer chose to be faithful to Truth in the face of persecution. Religious tolerance was not her mission, although freedom of expression was.
Dyer chose to be faithful to Truth in the face of persecution. Religious tolerance was not her mission, although freedom of expression was.
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East Sandwich

Classic shake siding, weathered gray, is a common Cape Cod theme.
Classic shake siding, weathered gray, is a common Cape Cod theme.

 

The Great Meetinghouse in Sandwich, Massachusetts. is an imposing structure.
The Great Meetinghouse in Sandwich, Massachusetts. is an imposing structure.

 

The horse sheds stretched much further than this in both directions from the meetinghouse.
The horse sheds stretched much further than this in both directions from the meetinghouse.

 

The interior, viewed through a window.
The interior, viewed through a window.

 

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.