Quaker Meetinghouse (Adams, Massachusetts)

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Quaker Meetinghouse
Quaker Meetinghouse, Adams MA.jpg
The meetinghouse is surrounded by the graves of the Maple Street Cemetery
Quaker Meetinghouse (Adams, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
Quaker Meetinghouse (Adams, Massachusetts)
Location Adams, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°37′38″N 73°7′34″W / 42.62722°N 73.12611°W / 42.62722; -73.12611Coordinates: 42°37′38″N 73°7′34″W / 42.62722°N 73.12611°W / 42.62722; -73.12611
Built 1781
Architect Unknown
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Private
Part of Maple Street Cemetery (#04000536)
NRHP Reference # 76000236[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 17, 1976
Designated CP June 2, 2004

East Hoosac Quaker Meetinghouse is an historic Quaker meeting house in Adams, Berkshire County, Massachusetts.[2] The meetinghouse's construction dates to the early 1780s. It now occupies a prominent position within the Maple Street Cemetery (also listed on the National Register of Historic Places), the first burial ground in Adams. Unmarked graves of Adams' early Quaker settlers lie near the meetinghouse, an area now marked by a plaque.[3]

The meetinghouse is a simple rectangular two story building measuring 28 feet (8.5 m) by 36 feet (11 m). In typical Quaker fashion, both the interior and exterior lack any significant ornamentation. The interior was partitioned to separate the men from the women, although portions of the divider were movable. Seating consisted of benches, and there were fireplaces located on the women's side of both floors.[3]

The meetinghouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976,[1] and is a contributing property to the Maple Street Cemetery listing of 2004.[3]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Harold Wickliffe Rose. The Colonial Houses of Worship in America. New York: Hastings House, Publishers, 1963, p. 231. "109 East Hoosac Friends Meeting House (1786) Adams, Berkshire County, Massachusetts"
  3. ^ a b c "NRHP nomination for Maple Street Cemetery". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2013-11-30.