Marcy Street Meeting House
seen from New Castle Ave
"Ye Old Meeting House" named in the Pickering grant was
a sawn log structure built in 1659 on the other side of the
South Mill Dam, near the present corner of South Street and
Marcy Street. It was evidently also called the Mill-Dam
Meeting House. It was home to the original Portsmouth
congregation, but by the time of the 1731 move, a
substantial portion of the congregation had split off and
established a new church in what his now the downtown and
which became known as North Church. It still is.
The building served its intended purposes as school,
polling place, and multi-purpose assembly hall well into the
20th century. Students used the school until at least 1915.
You can still see the blackboards and chalk ledge. Religious
use started early, with the "City Missionary" holding Sunday
services and another group holding Friday evening services.
The ward hall was used for the military draft in both world
After periods of ownership by Strawbery Banke and the
Children's Museum, it was returned to the City. In June
2009, the City Council started work on repairs. That is
Photo 265, March 2012