Rockingham Meeting House

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siesu
eastern PA12 contributions
This wonderful old white wooden building really moved me. The setting is magical, especially on a summer evening. We lingered until the sun set in the deep lavender sky. Being there felt like being transported in time. There is nothing to "offend the eye." Thank goodness this perfect old meeting house has been protected for future generations. It's so beautiful, it's worth the short detour off the main road. Walk around the graveyard. It's remarkable.
Written May 17, 2017
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aFellowTraveller
Massachusetts20 contributions
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While visiting Bellows Falls, we learned about the nearby Rockingham Meeting House just off the road to the Vermont Country Store and we decided to make a brief stop. It was well worth it! Set on a small hill, this simple but impressive wooden structure once served as both a church and a meeting house. With its commanding pulpit, “pigpen” arrangement of pews, and many-paned windows, this well-preserved white building is a striking monument to an earlier era.

A local resident was in attendance to answer questions. Be sure to look at carvings in the booths, which indicate the families who sat there and also include some interesting details. Try standing too at the podium, where one can imagine various types of impassioned exhortations addressed to the assembled.

Judging by a few sample inscriptions on display in the building, the adjoining cemetery also has some fascinating gravestones. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to explore further but we noticed a curious entranceway at the ground level below the meetinghouse. This, we later assumed, must have been the “hearse shed and burial vault” mentioned in the visitors’ brochure.

Whether you stop for a few moments or visit for longer, it’s easy to understand why the community preserved this “historical and architectural treasure,” which is also a national historic landmark.
Written October 24, 2013
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Johnson747
Mebane, NC380 contributions
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I had never heard of this place until I saw it listed along with the Vermont Country Store on Trip Advisor. We ventured to the site. It is situated on a hill. We drove up near the meeting house and a lady popped out of the door. Rosemary was our guide and, by the end of our hour there, turned into a friend. She gave us a first-class narration of the history of the meeting house and the town. While she sat in one of the pig pens (the boarded off sections of the church that have benches for the attendees) and talked to us, she pointed to a plaque. It happened to have the name of one of my relatives (I had no idea that he was buried in the adjoining cemetery). The visit from this point turned out to be an exciting genealogical discovery that involved Rosemary and a local photographer who came to take photos. There is a book on the Old Meeting House available for $15. No admission charge but donations accepted. This building is amazing. There is no electricity in the church. Rosemary played the pump organ for us. The acoustics are wonderful: there is a sounding board over the pulpit that amplified the speaker's voice. The house needs lots of repair. Hopefully, some funding will come that will assure that this beautiful, historic building is preserved. The cemetery is still being used. There are many old interesting tombstones.
Written September 22, 2017
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fatcritic
Mount Airy, NC57 contributions
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Easy access from main highway not to far out of the way as the road simply loops back to 103. Worth the extra time to see it.
Written July 27, 2016
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David D
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For those of us from Bellows Falls, this is sacred ground. Come, visit, feel the generations before us.
Written July 12, 2018
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Tim L
Vermont16 contributions
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Rockingham Meeting House is the oldest (existing) Meeting House in the country and has no fees to visitors. Built on land donated to the church by David Pulsipher, an original settler and a Corporal of the militia who later fought at Bunker Hill in 1775.

A very interesting building, full of the spirits of people who braved the frontier but the burying ground itself is a treasure for genealogists and history buffs; containing the remains of many of the founding families of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Written August 22, 2016
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JohnTheBear
Toronto, Canada4,540 contributions
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You can almost picture the congregation singing hymns and fuguing tunes by the likes of Billings. Old meeting house from the late 18th century with many original elements preserved. Very interesting and its spare decoration makes for some neat structural photography. Helpful volunteer was staffing during my visit. Free, but please give them a donation - they have much more work to do. Nice old churchyard to visit as well.
Written July 11, 2016
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Musicjaime
Boston, MA5 contributions
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I visited the Rockingham Meeting House while in the Bellows Falls area to attend a music festival. A portion of the festival took place in the building. It is a fascinating 1700s era building with an interesting back story. A real slice of local history.
Written June 8, 2016
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Hatwoman
Pomfret, CT141 contributions
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The Meeting House is in the process of being politely renovated. The old "pigpen" style of seating is totally reminiscent of the past so long ago. The peaceful cemetery behind the Meeting House, which itself sits high on a hill, is a beautiful setting.
Written June 15, 2019
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Bob S
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When used as a music venue it'shard too beat. A long show will make your butt sore on those hard Puritan benches.
Written December 27, 2017
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