Yesterday, on our drive through Rochester, trying to locate the rarer geese among the flocks of Canada Geese. More about that in the next blog. Part of our trip took us into Acushnet, where we found two old buildings. I am including information that I noticed about these buildings on the Acushnet Historical Society Website.
A Brief History
The Long Plain Museum was originally built in 1875 as the Long Plain School House. The school closed in 1972, and the building was then reopened as a local history museum. It is now operated by the Acushnet Historical Society.
The museum features four rooms focusing on the Acushnet whaling heritage, the blacksmith trade, period clothing and furniture, numerous artifacts, and a restored schoolroom.
The Long Plain School was listed on July 17, 2012, on the National Register of Historic Places, and a notation made that it is ‘now known as the Long Plain Museum.’
Long Plain Friends Quaker Meetinghouse
Built-in 1759, the Long Plain Friends Meetinghouse is the oldest church building in Southeastern Massachusetts.
The Meetinghouse was taken over in deteriorated condition by the Acushnet Historical Commission from the Society of Friends in 1985. It was completely restored through the efforts of volunteers with funds from the Town of Acushnet, the State of Massachusetts, various charitable foundations, and individual donors.
It contains much of the original artifacts, including solid oak pews from three different centuries, a small but unique Quaker Museum. A burial ground dating to the early 18th century and a dressed stone wall is encircling the entire property, which is situated in a leafy 2.7-acre park-like setting. The Long Plain Friends Meetinghouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Quaker Meetinghouse is operated by members of the Acushnet Historical Commission, along with a private, non-profit organization called the “Friends of the Friends” Quaker Meetinghouse.