Excerpt from Annual Report of the Town of Atkinson, N. H., For the Year Ending December 31, 1963: Together With Report of Schools for the Year Ending June 30, 1963, and Vital Statistics for the Year Ending December 31, 1963
The main reason for the separation from Plaistow was the inconvenience of getting to the meeting house. One of the first things done after the incorporation of the town of Atkinson on Sept. 3, 1767 was to plan a meeting house.
On March 9, 1768 the citizens voted to build a meeting house. Money was raised by subscription and the sale of pews as late as 1769, when the building was completed.
The house was constructed, like most others of that period, similar to the illustration on this cover. It was located east of the cemetery, 40' x 50' with the ridgepole running east-west. No steeple, no chimney, three entrance doors one on the front and one on each end. Box pews of different sizes, and a high pulpit with a sounding board was located on the the north side.
The gallery was on three sides and the choir was seated there. During the singing the congregation rose and turned to face the choir. The seats were hinged and turned up when the congregation rose. At the close of the singing they went bang bang down with great noise.
As there was no heat in the building some members brought foot-stoves for warmth during the two long services. Between services they sat out in the sun to get warm.
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