Rhode Island December 25, 2018
The Oldest Church In Rhode Island Dates Back To The 1600s And You Need To See It
If you are a history buff or just a person who appreciates things that have stood the test of time, then you’ll want to pay a visit to the Ocean State’s oldest church. Built almost 100 years before Rhode Island even became a state, The Great Friends Meeting House has been around for more than three centuries and it’s definitely worth a visit.
The Great Friends Meeting House was constructed in 1699. It was a meeting place for the Great Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, in Newport. It is the oldest house of worship in Rhode Island.
Four additions were made to the meeting house between 1730 and 1867. Today it still looks much the same as it did in the mid-1800s. It's extraordinary that this structure has survived for hundreds of years.
The interior features beautiful wide wooden plank floors. The benches are simple and a wide beam ceiling brings a rustic element to the church. An upper balcony is a slight surprise within this historical building.
Discover the full history and visit the inside of the Great Friends Meeting House by
scheduling a tour with the Newport Historical Society. This city by the sea is full of history waiting to be discovered.
Find the Great Friends Meeting House at 21 Farewell St., Newport, RI 02840. Learn more details and schedule a tour by visiting the Newport Historical Society
Have you ever visited the oldest church in Rhode Island? Newport is an amazing place for a day trip. Some other places you’ll love is this
museum dedicated to transportation, this incredible natural wonder, and this huge wine and cheese shop.