Yarmouth’s Early Meeting Houses


This album concerns two Congregational meeting houses that were built more than 225 years ago by New England planters who settled at Chebogue and at the part of Yarmouth then known as Cape Forchu. Church buildings still exist that are lineal descendants of these meeting houses.

This album is in three parts:

            Chebogue Meeting House (4 images),

            Cape Forchu Meeting House (10 images), and

            Zion Baptist Church (6 images).

References and Notes

    [1] The Chebogue Meeting House that was built in 1860 is located at 7 Town Point Road, Rockville, NS. It is also called Chebogue Church, Chebogue Congregational Church, First Congregational Church of Chebogue, Town Point Church, or Zion Congregational Church. Heritage information about it is available at online1 or online2.

    [2] The Cape Forchu Meeting House was located at 405 Main Street, Yarmouth, NS, on the site of today’s War Memorial and Park. It is also called First Baptist Church, Old Baptist Church, or Old Zion Baptist Church.

    [3] J. Murray Lawson, Yarmouth Past and Present: A Book of Reminiscences. Yarmouth Herald, Yarmouth NS, 1902. 681 pp.

    [4] Daniel C. Goodwin, “From disunity to integration: evangelical religion and society in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, 1761–1830.” In They planted well: New England Planters in Maritime Canada, edited by Margaret Conrad. Acadiensis Press, Fredericton, 1988. pp. 190–200. Available online.

    [5] I thank Wilfred Allan, for permitting me to display digital images of his postcards, and Jamie Serran, Archivist at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives, for providing access to many images.

William Day (1 December 2012)