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Posted on September 24, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



FERRISBURGH — Colonial Meetinghouses dot Vermont’s landscape, some vacant, some still in use. In their heyday they served a crucial role in New England’s early settlements. Photographer Paul Wainwright will discuss their role in the community on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 2-4 p.m., at the Ferrisburgh Town Office and Community Center on Route 7.

New England’s colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little-known chapter in American history. Built mostly with tax money, they served as both  places of worship and places for town meetings, and were the centers of life in colonial New England communities.

Using photographs of the few surviving  “mint condition” meetinghouses as illustrations, Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture.

Wainwright holds a Ph.D. in physics from Yale, and his book, “A Space for Faith: The Colonial Meetinghouses of New England,” was published in 2010. All are welcome.  Refreshments will be served, and it’s free.

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