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Old Meeting House

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 non-conformist house of worship in Canada and among the oldest in North America.

Built by Congregationalist fishermen and farmers from Cape Cod, called 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.

Inside, see period “graffiti” and listen to the resounding acoustics as you read a historic sermon. Outside, on gravestones in the cemetery, discover the stories of some early settlers and townspeople.

A non-denominational religious service, open to everyone, is held annually on the third Sunday in August.

We are open from June until September. Admission is charged. Parking is on-site. Bus tours are welcome. Wheelchair accessible. Picnic area.


Areas Of Interest: Community Heritage

Core Experience: History

Features: Bus Tours • Parking • Picnic Tables • Wheelchair Accessible

Government Level: National • Provincial

Other Info

Admission Info: Admission charged; O/S tours at cost.

Old Meeting House

2408 Hwy 3
Barrington, NS


Phone: 902-637-2185

Website: http://meetinghouse.novascotia.ca/

Parking Spaces: 25
Contact: Brenda Maxwell