Old Meeting House Common - Walpole, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar
N 42° 08.720 W 071° 15.220
19T E 313776 N 4668370
Quick Description: This cross marks the location of the first meetinghouses of Walpole.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 1/27/2019 2:07:34 PM
Waymark Code: WMZZBK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
Views: 3

Long Description:
In Walpole, on the Walpole Town Green, is this cross shaped monument and engraved text on one side.

The Walpole Town Green is located in the downtown section, along Main Street and Common Street. The green is in three sections.

The cross is on the northeastern most section roughly in the middle. The monument is light colored and is in the form of a simple cross. The text is on the side that faces some bushes.

The text is as follows:

"Old Meetinghouse Common
Walpole First Houses of God, Those of Rev. Phillips Payson
and Rev. George Morey, Early Harvard Graduates
O Though Zion Mount of Pleading, Our Forefather's Earlier Shrine, Though Now Shorn of Crest
and Hillsides Still Art Thou Our "Auld Lang Syne." Twilight Memories, Lewis.

and Given in 1936
by Isaac Newton Lewis
Harvard, 73"

One of the meeting houses that first resided on the green still exists and is part of the First United Church to the south, facing another part of the green.

Isaac Newton Lewis was a local resident of Walpole and lived in a house that is shaped like a castle. It still stands and is still owned by a member of the Lewis family.


Wicked Local (Walpole Historical Society Celebrates 200 Years of Plymptonville):
(visit link)
Agency Responsible for Placement: Other (Place below)

Agency Responsible for Placement (if not in list above): Isaac Newton Lewis

Year Placed: 1936

County: Norfolk

City/Town Name: Walpole

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

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