Six Principle Baptist Church

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Six Principle Baptist Church
Six Principle Baptist Church in North Kingstown Rhode Island built circa 1703 photo taken in 2016.png
Old Baptist Meeting House, sign states the congregation was established in 1665
Six Principle Baptist Church is located in Rhode Island
Six Principle Baptist Church
Six Principle Baptist Church is located in the US
Six Principle Baptist Church
Location North Kingstown, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°35′34″N 71°29′29″W / 41.59278°N 71.49139°W / 41.59278; -71.49139Coordinates: 41°35′34″N 71°29′29″W / 41.59278°N 71.49139°W / 41.59278; -71.49139
Built 1703
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP Reference #

78000022

[1]
Added to NRHP November 21, 1978

Six Principle Baptist Church (also known as Stony Lane Baptist Church, Stony Lane Six Principle Baptist Church and Old Baptist Meeting House) is a historic church at 921 Old Baptist Road in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. As of 2009 it was one of the last surviving historical congregations of the Six Principle Baptist denomination and one of the oldest churches in the United States.

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The cemetery and meeting house date to approximately 1703 when the land was deeded for use as meeting house.[2] General Six-Principle Baptists were a denomination that developed out of the First Baptist Church in America in Providence. Rhode Island founder Roger Williams was active in both Providence and nearby North Kingstown (Wickford) during this period. The permanent congregation in North Kingstown was likely founded after 1664 when Reverend Thomas Baker, a member of the Newport congregation, removed to North Kingstown.[3] The meeting house underwent major renovations in a Greek Revival style in 1842 although the original 18th century core of the building is believed to be present underneath the Greek Revival modifications.[4] The church building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[5] As of 2009 the church still holds weekly Sunday morning services at 10:30AM, and the pastor is John Wheeler.[6]

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