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Saylesville Meeting House

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1704–1705, c. 1740. 374 Great Rd. (Route 126) (opposite River Rd.)

Quakerism was the dominant sect in the Blackstone Valley during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Hence this meeting house, built on land contributed by Eleazer Arnold in 1708, was a center of community as well as of Quaker life in colonial Lincoln. The initial building was what is now the one-story ell. Although it has been much altered, its original timber frame is still evident. Thirty-five years later the present two-story meeting house, also clapboarded, eclipsed the original building. Its entrance and stair to the top balcony were originally on the east elevation toward Great Road. These were early moved to the south (side) elevation. The interior, with its U-shaped balcony, its exposed timber frame against the plaster wall, and the plain furniture arranged in a U configuration around the elder's dais, is relatively unchanged. Adjacent is the cemetery where many members of Lincoln's oldest families in the Great Road area the buried.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Saylesville Meeting House", [Lincoln, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 194-195.

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