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OLD SHIP MEETING HOUSE
The Old Ship Meeting House was constructed of red oak and white pine old-growth timbers in 1681, by the Puritan families who settled the coastal town of Hingham in 1635. As the town grew, the Meeting House was enlarged, and was even completely redecorated during the Victorian era. A major restoration in 1930 returned it to its 1755 form, and a recently completed preservation effort ensures that it will stand for many future generations. Old Ship is a well-documented example of the New England Meeting House style, and it is the oldest wooden church in the United States in continuous religious use. Its importance as a National Historic Landmark was recognized by the Federal government in 1966.
Old Ship continues today as a vibrant religious Unitarian Universalist congregation and as a place where the larger community frequently gathers for important personal and civic occasions. Those include Lincoln Day, held to honor both Abraham Lincoln and his ancestor Gen. Benjamin Lincoln of Hingham, who served during the Revolutionary War as aide to George Washington and as his Secretary of War. Old Ship also hosts interfaith services, frequent tours of the building and numerous concerts. A centerpiece of the town seal, it is Hingham's most precious historic structure, having witnessed every major event in this land since long before it became the United States of America.
Address: 107 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043
Phone: (781) 749-1679
Hours: The church is open for Sunday services, 10:30-11:30 a.m., early September through mid-June. During the summer months, the building is open for visitors weekdays, 1 to 4 pm. Throughout the year, the church can be visited by appointment