Old Meeting House - Historic Places Days

Old Meeting House

Nova Scotia
Type
Places of Faith
Address
2408 NS-3, Barrington, NS, Canada
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Hours
10-4:30pm, Monday to Saturday, June 1-September 30
Phone
902-637-2185

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For two centuries, people have gathered at the Old Meeting House for both township business and religious worship. A National Historic Site, this New England-Style meeting house is the oldest nonconformist house of worship in Canada and among the oldest in North America.

Built by Congregationalist fishermen and farmers from Cape Cod, called The New England Planters, the Meeting House was a building-in-progress for its first hundred years, until the windows, doors, box pews, and a pulpit were added by the mid-1800s.

Early Black settlers including Black Loyalists attended the Meeting House before establishing their own churches, schools, and temperance halls in the communities of Reynaldscroft and Cape Negro. We have reason to believe the section of the Meeting House used by the Black and Indigenous attendees was on the second floor in the middle.

During your visit, go on a guided tour to learn how this area was settled and hear stories about the original settlers.

Amenities

  • Family-Friendly
  • Guided Tour
  • National Historic Site
  • Parking
  • Washrooms
  • Wheelchair Access

Fun Facts

Check out the symbolic period graffiti carved into the pews on the second floor.

An annual, filled to capacity, old-fashioned Christmas concert is held here each December.

 

This important example of 18th-century built heritage was almost torn down in the early 19th century, rescued only by a delay due to illness.

 

Location

2408 NS-3, Barrington, NS, Canada
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