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WHAT IS A MEETING HOUSE ANYWAY?

 

Built in 1729, Boston’s Old South Meeting House has been an important gathering place for nearly three centuries. While the history of this National Historic Landmark is widely celebrated today, the origins of its name are less understood. Why is it called a “meeting house”? What is a meeting house anyway?

The Old South congregation was founded in 1669 as the Third (Puritan) Church of Boston. The congregation descended from the Puritans who founded Massachusetts Bay Colony in the early 17th century.