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Apponegansett Meeting House
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Apponegansett Meeting House is located in Massachusetts
Apponegansett Meeting House
Location in Massachusetts
Apponegansett Meeting House is located in the United States
Apponegansett Meeting House
Location in the United States
Location Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Area 14 acres (5.7 ha)
Built 1791
Architectural style Georgian
NRHP reference No. 91000241
Added to NRHP March 14, 1991

The Apponegansett Meeting House or "Apponagansett Meeting House" is a historic Quaker (Friends) meeting house on Russells Mills Road east of Fresh River Valley Road in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Built in 1791, it is the oldest Quaker meeting house in southeastern Massachusetts, and one of its best preserved. The property it stands on, which includes a cemetery, has been used by its Quaker congregation since at least 1699. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Description and history

The Apponegansett Meeting House is set on the south side of Russells Mills Road, just east of Fresh River Valley Road. It is a two-story wood frame structure, with a gable roof, wooden shingle siding, and a rubblestone foundation. It is set atop a low rise on about 14 acres (5.7 ha) of land, which include a cemetery (located south and west of the building), a 19th-century privy house, and the archaeological remnants of the first meeting house and other outbuildings.

The meeting house was built in 1791, on land that has been used by local Quakers since the 17th century. Dartmouth was established by Quakers in 1664, including most of what is now Westport, Acushnet, New Bedford, and Fairhaven. Their first meeting house was built on this property (exact location undetermined) in 1699, and the cemetery is the burial ground for many of Dartmouth's early settlers. The first meeting house was repeatedly enlarged, until it was decided to build the present structure in 1791. Despite the decline in local Quaker congregations, the building continues to be maintained by the community, and is used for services in the summer.

Several scenes of Down to the Sea in Ships, a 1922 film, were filmed there.

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