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Rhode Island History Online Directory Initiative - The Great Friends Meeting House
RHODI

The Great Friends Meeting House

The Great Friends Meeting House
Address
  • Farewell & Marlborough Streets
  • Newport
  • RI
  • 02840

Experience the stunning simplicity of Rhode Island’s oldest house of worship, built in 1699. The building exterior has been restored to its 1807 appearance, and the interior retains its medieval-style framing. Quakers from throughout New England gathered here for their yearly meetings to pray and discuss the issues of the day. Tours are available seasonally from the Newport Historical Society departing from the Museum of Newport History, and for groups by appointment.

Facility open to the public:

Yes

Open to the public by:

By Appointment Only | Special Events

Offer facility rentals:

Yes

Access to information:

Through staff

Subject areas:

Quakers, Society of Friends, Mary Dyer, Nicholas Easton, William Allen and Patience Beer, Martin Luther King Center

Offer educational programs:

Yes