Massachusetts Is Home To One Of The Oldest Churches In The U.S.
Less than 20 miles south of Boston, you will find a South Shore town tucked up against the harbor. Hingham has historic houses, small family-owned businesses, and an American landmark. The Daily Passport recently highlighted the oldest churches in America, and this iconic Massachusetts location was named.
“When European settlers first arrived in North America, one of the first orders of business for those mainly Christian pilgrims in the New World was the construction of local churches,” Daily Passport explained when describing how some of these churches are over 500 years old.
In Hingham, it’s the Old Ship Church
Aside from a few coffee shops, drug stores and grocery stores, Hingham is a town that is mostly absent of large chain outlets or retail brands. Instead, the Main Street square area of town is filled with historic houses, many of which contain a plaque hanging on their exterior that features its original build date. In fact, the town even has its own historical society. The Heritage Museum and Historical Society building are just blocks (walking distance) from the Old Ship Church.
“The Old Ship Church was established by a group of Puritans who hailed from Hingham, England,” Daily Passport explained. This church is also the only remaining 17th-century Puritan meeting house. Moreover, it is still open.
Plan a Visit
Currently, Old Ship Church offers worship services, community concerts, and nurturing services. There have been efforts put forth by those active in the church to properly preserve it. “In 2014, the Old Ship community completed a comprehensive restoration project that ensures the long-term preservation of the historic Meeting House,” Old Ship Church explained.
You can become a member of Old Ship Church or simply plan a visit. There is a service every Sunday morning. Tours are offered on a by-request appointment basis only. If you want to add a little history to your wedding ceremony, this Massachusetts landmark offers that as well.