Colonial Meetinghouses Featured in this Project
Name of Meetinghouse:   Smith Meeting House
Street Address of Meetinghouse:   near 190 Meetinghouse Rd., Gilmanton, NH
Year(s) Built:   1774, disassembled and re-used 1836
National Register of Historic Places Designation:   yes
New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places:   yes
Organization responsible:   First Congregational Society of Gilmanton
Organization's address:   544 Meetinghouse Road, Gilmanton, NH 03237
Organization's web site:   none
Town Information:   Town of Gilmanton, NH
Tax status:   ?
Contact:   George B. Roberts, Jr., 544 Meeting House Road, Gilmanton, NH 03237
This page was last updated on:   May 7, 2009
Acknowledgements: The attached PDF file is from A Brief History of the Smith Meeting House, published by the Gilmanton Historical Society.
The Smith Meeting House, located near the town of Gilmanton, NH, is in a quiet, out of the way place in central New Hampshire. As with several of the other meetinghouses, the town of Gilmanton is now several miles away from where the town used to be. The meetinghouse was built in 1774, and originally looked like the sketch on the right. In 1836 it was taken down, and the timbers were re-used to construct the present structure. It also has been "modernized" on the inside. For example, there is heat and electricity, and bathrooms in the museum room downstairs, which were very welcome the day I visited. Thank goodness the door was not locked.
A rather complete description of the history of the Smith Meeting House in Gilmanton can be found in this PDF document: A Brief History of the Smith Meeting House.