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Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1669/00/00 Pilgrims Custodian Puritan congregation build their first wooden meeting house on the site of the Old South Meetinghouse as the "Third Church" in Boston.
1688/08/19 Rev Dr Joseph Sewall Faith Joseph Sewall is baptized by Mr Willard in the Old South Meeting House, Boston.
1697/01/17 Samuel E Sewall Assistant Magistrate At the Old South Meeting House (razed), Minister Samuel Willard reads Samuel Sewall's apology for his involvement in the Salem witch trials. Sewall ask for both man's and God's forgiveness. Salem Witch Trials
1706/01/17 Benjamin Franklin Faith Benjamin Franklin is baptized at Old South Meeting House on January 6, 1706 (old style date) when he was just a few hours old.
1707/00/00 Samuel Phillips Faith Samuel Phillips joins the Old South Church in Boston.
1729/00/00 Robert Twelves Architect Designed by Robert Twelves and built by Joshua Blanchar, the "Third Church" in Boston is replaced with the brick meeting house that still stands today.
1745/04/06 William Dawes Born William Dawes is born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was baptized at the Old South Meetinghouse.
1773/00/00 Phillis Wheatley Author Phillis Wheatley's book, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, is published under the patronage of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon. Wheatley was inspired by her attendance of services at the Old South Meeting House as a child.
1773/11/29 Faneuil Hall meeting of the body of the people moves to the Old South Meeting House to accommodate the crowd. Dr Thomas Young proposes that the only way to get rid of the dreaded tea was to throw it overboard. Boston Tea Party
1773/12/16 Samuel Adams Ringleader More than 5000 American colonists meet at the South Meeting House to decide the fate of three ships (BEAVER, ELEANOR and DARTMOUTH) loaded with tea docked at Griffin's Wharf American Revolution - From Protest to Revolt
1773/12/16 John Spurr Participant More than 5000 American colonists meet at the South Meeting House to decide the fate of three ships (BEAVER, ELEANOR and DARTMOUTH) loaded with tea docked at Griffin's Wharf American Revolution - From Protest to Revolt
1773/12/16 Paul Revere Ringleader More than 5000 American colonists meet at the South Meeting House to decide the fate of three ships (BEAVER, ELEANOR and DARTMOUTH) loaded with tea docked at Griffin's Wharf American Revolution - From Protest to Revolt
1773/12/16 Samuel Adams Ringleader More than 5000 American colonists meet at the South Meeting House to decide the fate of three ships (BEAVER, ELEANOR and DARTMOUTH) loaded with tea docked at Griffin's Wharf Boston Tea Party
1773/12/16 John Spurr Participant More than 5000 American colonists meet at the South Meeting House to decide the fate of three ships (BEAVER, ELEANOR and DARTMOUTH) loaded with tea docked at Griffin's Wharf Boston Tea Party
1773/12/16 Paul Revere Ringleader More than 5000 American colonists meet at the South Meeting House to decide the fate of three ships (BEAVER, ELEANOR and DARTMOUTH) loaded with tea docked at Griffin's Wharf Boston Tea Party
1775/03/05 John Hancock Speaker Samuel Adams moderates an anual meeting at the Old South Meeting House commemorating the Boston Massacre. Speakers included Dr Joseph Warren, John Hancock, Benjamin Church and James Lovell.
1775/03/05 Dr Joseph Warren Speaker Samuel Adams moderates an anual meeting at the Old South Meeting House commemorating the Boston Massacre. Speakers included Dr Joseph Warren, John Hancock, Benjamin Church and James Lovell.
1775/03/05 Samuel Adams Patriot Samuel Adams moderates an anual meeting at the Old South Meeting House commemorating the Boston Massacre. Speakers included Dr Joseph Warren, John Hancock, Benjamin Church and James Lovell.
1776/00/00 William Bradford's original manuscript, Of Plymouth Plantation, is stored in the tower of the Old South Meeting House in Boston during the American Revolutionary War. Of Plymouth Plantation
1783/00/00 During the British occupation of Boston, the Old South Meeting House is turned into a stable and a riding school for British troops. It was not restored as a place of worship until 1783.
1801/00/00 Paul Revere Manufacturer Samuel Parkman commissions Paul Revere to cast a bronze bell for his father, Rev Ebenezer Parkman's Westborough MA church. The bell was installed in October of 2011 in the Old South Meeting House.
1801/00/00 Samuel Parkman Benefactor Samuel Parkman commissions Paul Revere to cast a bronze bell for his father, Rev Ebenezer Parkman's Westborough MA church. The bell was installed in October of 2011 in the Old South Meeting House.
1872/11/10 Kearsarge Steam Fire Engine 3 from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, saves the Old South Meeting House from burning down. The coal fired, horse drawn engine has been fully restored and is now on display at the main Cental Fire Station, Portsmouth, NH. Great Boston Fire of 1872
1876/06/08 South Meeting House is sold for $1,350: All the materials above the ... the sidewalks except the Corner Stone and the Clock in the Tower... will be disposed of .... The spire is covered with copper... and the roof is covered with imported Welch slate.
1876/07/00 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Benefactor As copper is removed from the roof of Old South Meetinghouse, a group of 20 Boston women organize buy the building. They enlist Ralph W Emerson, Julia W Howe, Henry W Longfellow, Louisa M Alcott and Wendell Phillips to rally people to pledge funds.
1876/07/00 Mary Elizabeth Sawyer Tyler Benefactor Mary Sawyer Tyler donates a pair of socks her mother had knitted from her lamb's wool. The socks were unraveled and bits of them were sold along with Tyler's autograph to benefit the Meeting House.
1876/07/00 Julia Ward Howe Benefactor As copper is removed from the roof of Old South Meetinghouse, a group of 20 Boston women organize buy the building. They enlist Ralph W Emerson, Julia W Howe, Henry W Longfellow, Louisa M Alcott and Wendell Phillips to rally people to pledge funds.
1876/07/00 Mary Tileston Hemenway Benefactor Mary Tileston Hemenway volunteers $100,000 to save Old South Meeting house and challenges her Boston Brahmin friends to contribute the remaining funds.
1876/07/00 Ralph Waldo Emerson Benefactor As copper is removed from the roof of Old South Meetinghouse, a group of 20 Boston women organize buy the building. They enlist Ralph W Emerson, Julia W Howe, Henry W Longfellow, Louisa M Alcott and Wendell Phillips to rally people to pledge funds.
1876/07/00 Wendell Phillips Benefactor As copper is removed from the roof of Old South Meetinghouse, a group of 20 Boston women organize buy the building. They enlist Ralph W Emerson, Julia W Howe, Henry W Longfellow, Louisa M Alcott and Wendell Phillips to rally people to pledge funds.
1876/07/00 Louisa May Alcott Benefactor As copper is removed from the roof of Old South Meetinghouse, a group of 20 Boston women organize buy the building. They enlist Ralph W Emerson, Julia W Howe, Henry W Longfellow, Louisa M Alcott and Wendell Phillips to rally people to pledge funds.
1877/00/00 The twenty women of Boston raise over $400,000 - an enormous sum in the 1870's - and open the Old South Meeting House as a museum and meeting place. It is one of the nation's earliest museums of American history.
1878/03/30 Ralph Waldo Emerson Author Ralph Waldo Emerson delivers a lecture at the Old South Church. It was published as "Fortune of the republic" in 1880.

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Particulars for Old South Meetinghouse:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Architectural Style Georgian Architecture
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance National
Area of Significance Politics-government
Owner Private
Historic Use Religious Property



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000778
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Twelves,Robert
Architectural Style: Georgian
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark, National Landmark boundary approved
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Politics-government, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration: Religious property
Period of Significance: 1700-1749, 1750-1799
Significant Year: 1729, 1773
Historic Function: Religion
Historic Sub-Function: Religious structure
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Museum

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