Great Friends Meeting House

Great Friends Meeting House

Great Friends Meeting House
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parrottdize
Dyer, IN2,281 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The Great Friends Meeting House, simple, plain but still an interesting building. It was built in 1699, and is said to be the oldest surviving house of worship in the state of Rhode Island. While is was a house of worship for many years, that is no longer the case. In the 1970s, the meeting house underwent restoration, and was presented to the Newport Historical Society.
When we were there, the Great Friends Meeting House was locked up, so we were only able to walk around the outside. There is a plaque outside by the street that gives information about the meeting house.
Written 29 August 2019
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Alex B
Providence, RI717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
Many visitors to Newport may not realize that the Quakers were largely responsible for establishing colonial Newport’s political and social culture, and the heart of their community was this building. Built in 1699, this historic meeting house is the oldest house of worship still standing in Rhode Island. When you see it in person, you get a much better sense of how old this building really is – while it has been well-preserved structurally and the yellow paint still coats the place, the windows are an obvious giveaway of the structure’s 18th-century heritage. No longer used for religious gatherings, the Meeting House now belongs to the Newport Historical Society and is sometimes available to tour.
Written 29 August 2019
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serenitywriter
Lawrenceville, NJ278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
I would rate this as a five if it was open more often for tours. As someone whose ancestors were Quakers who sat in this building, it was an important stop for me on a religious liberty tour in Newport. With part of the building dating from 1699, it is steeped in history. If you have early Newport ancestors, they may have been members here.
Written 20 August 2018
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Randy C
Summerfield, Florida, United States765 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017
This was where the colonists met, especially the friends/Quakers. The original settlers here were from Europe that came due to persecution for their religious beliefs. Truly a beautiful early building.
Written 23 July 2018
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Nancy V
Brookline, MA571 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
The Friends Meeting House was originally built in 1699 as a meeting place for worship for the Society of Friends, expanded over the next couple centuries to accommodate the annual meeting of the New England Society of Friends. Today it is used as a community center, often hosting African American celebrations.

Quakers, as they are also known, played an historic role in opposing war in the Colonies and later in the country, as well as advocating for many kinds of social justice, including opposition to slavery.

Near the center. Well worth a visit.
Written 27 June 2017
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