Cape Sable Historical Society

Old Meeting House

Built in 1765, the Old Meeting House was the centre of the community for the early settlers of the Barrington area. The building was used for township business as well as religious meetings.

The Old Meeting House was a building in progress for the first 70 years. Windows, doors, box pews with button doors, a wall pulpit, a balcony, and a stove were all added by the mid-1800's.

The Old Meeting House is one of the oldest non-conformist meeting houses is Canada and is the last remaining of the five original congregational churches built in Nova Scotia in the period before 1770.

Inside the meeting house you can experience the building’s amazing acoustics by reading an antique sermon from the pulpit. You can also go upstairs and see period "graffiti".

Outside the Old Meeting House in the cemetery, you can discover the stories of some of the early settlers of Barrington Township. These settlers were fishermen and farmers from Cape Cod and Nantucket and were known as Planters.

The Old Meeting House is part of the Nova Scotia Museum family. Further information is available on-line at