March 3, 2014
A few weeks ago, the Friends of the North Cornwall Meeting House (a local group of community volunteers committed to preservation of the Meeting House) began its pledge drive seeking funds to restore the building in preparation for its 200th anniversary.
As you might know, this magnificent structure built in 1826 shows the wear and tear expected of any building subjected to 180-plus New England winters. Estimates for necessary repairs approach $400,000, most of which is needed to address a steeple that, though stable for now, will require near complete reconstruction.
The Meeting House is owned by the United Church of Christ in Cornwall, Congregational, which has been wholly responsible for its upkeep. The Friends organized to facilitate community interest in maintaining this important historical landmark. The Friends help raise money solely for the preservation of the building as it now exists and to ensure that our historic Meeting House continues to be available for community use for the next one hundred years.
The community came together to raise money for the building’s extensive renovation in 1926, its 100th anniversary. You can be an important part in maintaining this Cornwall tradition.
Thank you for considering this. If you have any questions, please contact any of the people listed below. Feel free to contact me at 672-6175.
For the future,
Jim Longwell, Chair
P.S. We have applied for tax exempt 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. Any donation you make to the Friends of the North Cornwall Meeting House may be treated as a deductible charitable contribution for the year it is made.
Don Bachman Paul Baren Anne Coffin Dave Hubbard Joan McGuire Bob Potter Hunt Williams
A group of church members and neighbors have created this site to raise funds to repair the most striking (human) landmark in North Cornwall -- the North Cornwall Meeting House. Please bookmark this site to stay informed of our progress.
Mission Statement: The goal of the Friends of the North Cornwall Meeting House is to help determine and accomplish the actions necessary to maintain and fully utilize this significant and historic building for the benefit of the entire Cornwall community.
Resolved: The United Church of Christ in Cornwall, Congregational, appreciates the united support given to the effort to preserve the North Cornwall Meeting House, and reaffirms its intention to continue our current practice to make the building available for community use. The motion passed unanimously.
The North Cornwall Meeting House is now the property of The United Church of Christ in Cornwall, Congregational, formed by a union of the “First” and “Second” Churches in 1988. That congregation meets in the NCMH at 10 a.m. on summer Sundays.
The Chapel of All Saints (Episcopal) gathers in the building the year round at 8 a.m. on Sundays. In addition, the NCMH accommodates special services, weddings, memorials, and occasional programs of a secular nature.