Old Meeting House

Months of Operation

June 1 - September 30

Hours Of Operation



2408 Highway 3, Barrington, South Shore


T: 902-637-2185

E: barmuseumcomplex@eastlink.ca


For two centuries people have gathered at the Old Meeting House for township business and religious worship. A National Historic Site, this New England–style meeting house is the oldest non-conformist house of worship in Canada and among the oldest in North America. Built in 1765 by Congregationalist fishermen and farmers from Cape Cod, referred to as the New England Planters, the Meeting House was a building-in-progress for its first hundred years until the windows, doors, box pews, and a pulpit were added in the mid-1800s.

Inside you will see period "graffiti" and listen to the remarkable acoustics as you speak from the pulpit.  Visitors are encouraged to try writing with a quill and ink, blowing bubbles and playing games 18th-century-style!  Outside in the graveyard, you can hear the stories of our Planter settlers and townspeople.

This museum site is part of a four-site complex, all within walking distance of each other along the scenic Barrington River.

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Facilities / Services

Bus tours
Gift shop
Picnic tables
Wheelchair accessible

Detailed Information

This property accepts Mastercard, Visa, Debit card.
Admission: Admission charged.