East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House
Blackstone, Massachusetts

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President Ellery Wood  
Vice President Gretchen Greene  
Secretary Harriet Sharp harriet@blackstonequakermeetinghouse.org
Treasurer Beverley Kelly Ryan bev@blackstonequakermeetinghouse.org
House and Grounds

Ann Durham

 

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  Ellery Wood  
  Gretchen Greene  
  Audrey Wood Frechette  
  Peter Gulaiev  
 

Beverley Kelly Ryan

 
  Harriet Sharp  
  Ann Durham  
General Info   info@blackstonequakermeetinghouse.org

In 1799, Samuel Smith gave this piece of land to a group of Quaker settlers for purposes of establishing a local cemetery and Meeting House. Upon conveyance of the land, Seth Kelly was the first to be buried on the grounds in 1799. Thirteen years later, in 1812, this Meeting House was built at a cost of $525. Prior to that time, local Quakers traveled to the central village of Mendon, MA to attend meetings. In 1841, when the Mendon Meeting was "laid down" many joined the Meeting in East Blackstone. Meetings were held regularly until the late 1800's, and sporadically thereafter. The East Blackstone Meeting was "laid down" in the early 1930's.

During the summer of 1954, Mrs. Mary Kelly encouraged a group of East Blackstone residents, whose families had past affiliations with the Meeting House, to begin holding services here once again. The group requested that the Smithfield (RI) Monthly Meeting, the owners of the property, grant them permission to use the old landmark for religious service to the community in exchange for proper repair and upkeep. That request was granted and the work of the East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House Association began. Under that arrangement, a program of preservation continues today.

By the 1990's, the Blackstone Historical Commission was very active and began archiving the Town of Blackstone. Thereafter, the Commission determined that three individual entities were worthy of submission for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. How pleased our Association was when this status was bestowed upon this Meeting House on August 22, 1995.

 

East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House & Cemetery Historical Association, Inc.
197 Elm Street
Blackstone, MA 01504
e-mail: info@blackstonequakermeetinghouse.org

August 31, 2013