There are few places better suited to quiet contemplation than the historic Quaker meetinghouse in Uxbridge. It is the perfect spot to come together with family and friends on Thanksgiving morning to celebrate the real meaning of the holiday. Join your neighbors at the traditional non-denominational service sponsored annually by the Quaker Meeting House Association. It will be held this year on November 22 at 9:30 A.M. in the meetinghouse, which is located at the corner of Aldrich Street and Quaker Highway in Uxbridge. A fellowship gathering in the carriage shed will follow the service.
Bundle up in layers and bring a blanket to warm your legs to truly enjoy the 1770 meetinghouse. The space is heated primarily by two blazing fires, but the warmth of thanksgiving always prevails in the simple service of music and thoughtful reflection. Representatives of the area faith community will assist with the service; traditional music always sets a peaceful tone.
The Uxbridge Quaker Meeting House Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1952. Its primary purpose is the preservation of the historic building. In addition, the group encourages the use of the meetinghouse for religious, educational and civic purposes. Several open house events, featuring presentations of architecture, music, art and antiques, were held on the grounds this summer. Similar programs are planned for 2019.
In two short years the meetinghouse will celebrate its 250th anniversary. Plans are already underway to rebuild the carriage shed and to host several special events during the anniversary year. For further information on how you might help support this local treasure contact [email protected] or go to UxbridgeQuakerMeeting at facebook.com.