The Center Meeting House of Newbury, NH, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that owns the Center Meeting House. But we’re not so much owners as we are caretakers and stewards of this grand lady, who was here before we were and will be here when we have moved on.
Elected Board members serve on behalf of those who become members of this organization; you can read more about us by clicking HERE.
You can become a member of the Center Meeting House and help determine the building’s future: click HERE for more information.
No. However, the Center Meeting House has hosted religious services throughout the early part of its history. Different denominations have used this building in keeping with the New England tradition of welcoming any congregation in the community.
While the interior of the building might resemble a church in its setup – making it a wonderful venue for weddings and other life events – no religious adornments are present.
The Center Meeting House has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places. It was nominated by the State Historic Preservation Officer and received this honor in January of 1980. Learn more about its wonderful history by clicking HERE.
About 70% of our donations and pledges came from the residents or property owners of Newbury, New Hampshire. About 15% of our funding came from our loan. The remaining funds came from the combined donations of the people of New Hampshire through grants from the State of NH’s LCHP program and two donations from the Town of Newbury:
- Private Donors: $780,000
- State of New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP): $200,000
- Town of Newbury: $175,000
- Events such as the Historic Homes Tour: $30,000
- Bank Loan: $200,000
Early in 2010 we received pledges of $100,000 from LCHIP and $100,000 from the town of Newbury. All but $20,000 of this money has now been received by CMH and and is being used to complete the physical restoration of the building. Individuals have contributed over $100,000 during this same time period. We hoped to make the building useable by the end of the summer of 2010 but things are just taking a bit longer than we had hoped. Some of the required work will not be completed until a few months later so we decided not to make it available for events until the rest of the work is completed. Since we are a dedicated band of unpaid CMH members and volunteers, we can report that 95% of the funds that we have raised have gone into actual restoration work or architectural design.
The Center Meeting House is now to the public on weekends from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Click HERE to view our calendar for dates and times.
Our Center Meeting House is located in the town center of Newbury, New Hampshire, adjacent to the Town Offices at the intersection of Routes 103 and 103A.
Of the building’s 42 pews, nearly all now have sponsors. Some, however, are still available.
Sponsoring a pew is an act of support for the completion of the Center Meeting House’s restoration and preservation. For the cost of sponsorship, your name will be engraved on a brass plaque, and you’ll receive a full page in our museum-quality book, on which to place your memories.
Pew sponsorship is a way of leaving a legacy for you and your family and for supporting a beautiful building in the center of Newbury, New Hampshire. Please contact us if you’re interested in pew sponsorship.