Barnstable, MA 02668
The 1717 Meetinghouse is celebrating its 300th birthday this year - and next. Construction was a two-year process. Learn about the 1806 Paul Revere bell that hung in the tower - the present bell is from the Revere family, but fabricated between 1828 and 1835 - a mystery uncovered by these two history sleuths. The meetinghouse underwent many changes over the years with a major design alteration in the mid-19th-century. Elizabeth Crocker Jenkins spearheaded the campaign to bring the building back to its original design 100 years later.
The Meetinghouse today is still a house in which the community can meet. It is a place of worship on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings, but it is also a village center and a town meeting place. The 1717 Meetinghouse Foundation is devoted to restoring and preserving this magnificent building. The Foundation is also dedicated to bringing the community back into the building with lectures, concerts and debates for the public to enjoy.
Take a look at this fascinating structure . . . a building built the same year that Handel wrote his “Water Music” and 15 years earlier than George Washington’s birth! It shares the year of 1717 with the wreck of the “Whydah”; come to the Meetinghouse on June 2 for a lecture by Barry Clifford on the “Whydah” - its history, its discovery, and its salvage from the sea that took the lives of all but two of its crew.
The Meetinghouse is an exciting place to visit, whether attending an event or just stopping by to enjoy the peace and history of its four walls. The building is open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Come in. Take a look. History surrounds you.