12.05.2019 A typical New England Meetinghouse

Here is another location I have driven past hundreds, at the least, times over the years on my way to and from North Quabbin. I’ve made a few images on occasion but until this past Saturday had not been pleased enough to share them. Light, stuff lying around the front steps, whatever, but this time I liked the outcome.

As you can see above the door, this is now the home of the Pelham Historical Society, formerly the Pelham Congregational Church and Meetinghouse. It sits at the corner of Route 202/Daniel Shays Highway (yes, that Daniel Shays of the famous taxation rebellion) and Amherst Road.

I’ve yet to tour the museum but shall soon.

A glitch in the works. All of a sudden starting yesterday afternoon I am not able to post comments on your blogs.  The folks at WordPress are attempting to figure out what’s up and currently it may be something with Akismet.  Sometimes I am a bit tardy with my comments but in this case it’s a gremlin…not me.  🙂

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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15 Responses to 12.05.2019 A typical New England Meetinghouse

  1. When it comes to your problem posting comments, let’s hope the millstone around your neck turns out to be the smaller of the two that flank the building’s doorway.

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  2. Ann Mackay says:

    Hope the WP folks have a successful gremlin hunt! I really like the B&W of the top pic.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    I love these old buildings. Hope WP resolves your issues soon!

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  4. Todd Henson says:

    The lighting does work very well with this one. It’s always great to see these sorts of older buildings still kept up and in use.

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    • The group of folks in Pelham who founded the society were concerned that the old church’s bell was going to be sold and wanted to be sure it was kept with the building and have since created a museum. Concerned citizens are the strength of a community.


  5. shoreacres says:

    Despite the basic form being very much the same — white, rectangular building, steeples, windows — it’s interesting to me how these churches and meeting houses can be identified as being from one part of the country or another. Iowa and Texas have plenty of white churches with steeples, too, but they’d never be confused with this one. As in nature, so in human construction, I suppose: the details are what make the difference.

    I’m curious about the millstones. I’d always assumed they were of one piece, but that large one looks to be made of several pieces held together by a metal band. Is that so, or is it just an illusion?

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    • They are made of pieces as you noted. I am planning on returning to spend more time with them and the foundation as well which is also of interesting construction. Millstones were often of one piece but, in the case of French Buhr Stones, some were made up of pieces that were then banded together. I don’t know if these were imported or made locally.


  6. bluebrightly says:

    Your angle of view and processing are handsomely done, showing off the simple lines of this old beauty. Another thing I miss about the east is the beautiful old churches and meeting halls. Next time, maybe you can do some close-ups of the reflections in the windows. Maybe you already have. Probably! 🙂

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    • Nope, I did not but am planning on looking not just at the reflections but there is some interesting stone work for the foundation. Plus another entirely different building. Well not entirely really, but similar period and construction.

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  7. Dave Ply says:

    Pictures like this remind me of how much older the history is back east than it is out here, regardless of the meeting house’s actual age.

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    • I’ve had a similar reaction to photographs I’ve been seeing from other folks’ travels in Europe recently. Not at all like New England but the structure is amazingly beautiful and more complex than what the old Yankee builders did in their attractive frugality. They say it will be rebuilt as it was but I can’t imagine what it will take, cost and labor along with skilled artisans, to rebuild Notre Dame. Things just aren’t done that way any longer.

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      • Dave Ply says:

        I remember the first time I went to Europe as a young adult, seeing cornerstones marked in the 1600s and the more interesting architecture. It gave me a whole new perspective on the architectures I grew up with.

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