POLITICS

Tuesday Trivia - First Town Meeting House

By Kristen Arute, June 16, 2020
Hingham Current File / Kristen Arute

Hingham Town Meeting will be held outdoors this year for the first and only time in the town's 385-year history. There is evidence that Hingham's first Town Meeting was held in June 1635 in a small building on the site of where Old Ship Church is now located. In 1680, when it was clear the town's population had outgrown the existing structure, the Selectmen were directed to construct a new meetinghouse. After a hotly-contested debate over its size and location, the new building was erected on the site of the original meetinghouse and still stands there today - a testament to 17th-century Puritan structures that once housed both church services and civic meetings.

Kristen Arute can be reached at kristen@hinghamcurrent.com.