Friends Meeting House and Cemetery

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Friends Meeting House and Cemetery
Friends Meeting House, Little Compton.jpg
Friends Meeting House and Cemetery is located in Rhode Island
Friends Meeting House and Cemetery
Friends Meeting House and Cemetery is located in the United States
Friends Meeting House and Cemetery
Location228A W. Main Rd., Little Compton, Rhode Island
Coordinates41°31′33″N 71°11′38″W / 41.52583°N 71.19389°W / 41.52583; -71.19389Coordinates: 41°31′33″N 71°11′38″W / 41.52583°N 71.19389°W / 41.52583; -71.19389
Arealess than one acre
NRHP reference No.07000124[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 06, 2007

The Friends Meeting House and Cemetery is a historic Quaker meeting house and cemetery at 228A W. Main Road in Little Compton, Rhode Island. The meeting house is a two-story wood frame structure built in 1815 by the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, on the site of their first meeting house built in 1700 on land granted to John Irish. The new meeting house used some materials from the original one. It was then modified in 1870.[2]

The meeting house was used by Quakers until 1903, and was maintained by members of the Apponegansett Meeting House in Dartmouth, Massachusetts until 1946, when it was donated to the Little Compton Historical Society. It was the Society's first acquisition, and was subjected to a careful restoration beginning in 1963 to restore it to the condition it was in in 1815.[2]

Gravestones in the cemetery

The cemetery, designated Rhode Island Historic Cemetery No. 7, is approximately a 71 foot by 41 foot (21.64m x 12.5m) rectangle located to the east (rear) of the meeting house. The earliest dated burials are from 1714 and 1729, and the latest is from 1903. There are 18 inscribed headstones in total, plus multiple uninscribed fleldstone and slate headstones.[2]

The meeting house and cemetery were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "NRHP nomination for Friends Meeting House and Cemetery" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-10-18.

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