May 17, 2021

Rehoboth Congregational Church 300th Anniversary May News

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The Rehoboth Congregational Church 300th Anniversary Committee has begun planning the RCC 300th Celebration at Redway Plain scheduled for Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. There will be live music, games, history, picnicking, food and much more. Thankfully Covid 19 restrictions should be less of an issue as more and more people get vaccinated and Massachusetts continues to open up.

RCC History Moment: Due to an increase in population north and east of the Palmer River Meeting House on Lake Street by 1773 there was a need to replace the aging building with a new larger meeting house in a more central location. The site chosen is now the location of the Village Cemetery on Bay State Road. The ‘Yellow Meeting House’ was 50 feet long by 40 feet ‘in wedth’. It had a high pulpit reached by a spiral staircase and the Deacons seats were nearby. There were two levels of windows and pews with pillows but no bell or steeple. The pews were ‘auctioned’ to the highest bidder. Men were in the southwest corner and women in the southeast corner. Women brought coal or brick in small foot stoves to provide heat as stoves were not installed until the winter of 1819.

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