Rockingham Meeting House: Oldest Meeting House in Vermont!

I checked out the Rockingham Meeting House recently.  The exterior is gorgeous and well-preserved.  Note the window placements.  Considering its age, I expected more uniformity with spacing.  Plus, look for that window that’s clearly crooked! 

“The Rockingham Meeting House, also known as Old North Meeting House and First Church in Rockingham, is a historic civic and religious building on Meeting House Road in Rockingham, Vermont, United States. The Meeting House was built between 1787 and 1801 and was originally used for both Congregational church meetings as well as civic and governmental meetings. Church services ceased in 1839 but town meetings continued to be held in it until 1869.[4] It was restored in 1906 and has been preserved.

It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2000 as an exceptionally well-preserved “second period” colonial-style meeting house.[1] The building, owned by the town, is available for weddings and other events under rules established by the town.[5]

The Rockingham Meeting House is set on the north side of Meeting House Road, on a parcel of land about 4 acres (1.6 ha) in size that it shares with the town’s original burial ground, whose oldest marked graves date to 1776. Meeting House Road is the location of Rockingham’s original town center, laid out after the French and Indian War ended in 1763, with the overall victory of Great Britain against France in the Seven Years’ War.”-

The Rockingham Meeting House in Rockingham, Vermont.
Look at those gorgeous details! Dental moulding under the eaves and above the door give the Meeting House stature. And that beautiful stylish detail between the bottom of the pediment and above the pilasters demonstrates this building’s importance in the community. Note also that crazy crooked window to the right of the door!

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