The 1717 Meetinghouse in West Barnstable is celebrating its 302th birthday this year. It features the 1806 Paul Revere bell that hung in the tower - the present bell is from the Revere family, but fabricated between 1828 and 1835 - a mystery uncovered by these two history sleuths.
The meetinghouse underwent many changes over the years with a major design alteration in the mid-19th-century. Elizabeth Crocker Jenkins spearheaded the campaign to bring the building back to its original design 100 years later.
The Meetinghouse today is still a house in which the community can meet. It is a place of worship on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings, but it is also a village center and a town meeting place.
The 1717 Meetinghouse Foundation is devoted to restoring and preserving this magnificent building. The Foundation is also dedicated to bringing the community back into the building with lectures, concerts and debates for the public to enjoy.