In conjunction with Sudbury’s 4th of July parade, we are offering FREE guided tours of the Meetinghouse!
When: July 4, 2022
Tours run at 11 am, 1 pm, & 2 pm
Where: The Meetinghouse
327 Concord Road, Sudbury, MA
You have driven past Sudbury’s Historic Meetinghouse a thousand times. But you probably don’t know who built it and when, why it is Sudbury’s anchor to the past, why it was built on this hill, and what it looks like inside.
Now you can learn all of that and more by taking a free tour of the history Meetinghouse on Independence Day. On July 4, Aline Kaplan will take you on a tour of the meetinghouse, inside and out.
• See hand-hews beams salvaged from the earlier, smaller, structure,
• See the Cole and Woodbury tracker-action pipe organ,
• Peer up into the clock tower and learn about the flatbed-striker clock that chimes the hours.
• Sound the Holbrook bell that chimes the hours for Sudbury residents,
• Go into the Minister’s original office,
• See the horse-and-buggy sheds,
• Walk through the Memorial Garden behind the building.
About Your Tour Guide…
Aline Kaplan, a resident of Sudbury for 37 years and a member of the First Parish of Sudbury, is a professional tour guide in Boston. She has been leading architectural and historical tours of the city since 2013 and has a voluminous knowledge of Boston’s history. She brings her experience to the meetinghouse tours and will make the building come alive for you and your family.
This is a great opportunity to show your children inside the building they have been looking at for years and teach them its importance to the town of Sudbury.
A little bit of history…
The SudburyTown Center was “born” in 1722 when Reverend Israel Loring delivered his first sermon on the site, known then and now as the “The Rocky Plain.” It was selected for the site of Sudbury’s new meeting house on the west side of the Sudbury River, called the “West Parish.” “East Parish” split off in 1780 and is now Wayland.
1722 – Rocky Plains site selected for West Parish
1723 – First Meetinghouse completed
1775 – Sudbury Militia and Minute muster before heading to the North Bridge for the Battle of Concord
1780 – East Parish splits off as a separate town — initially called East Sudbury but later Wayland
1797 – Present Meetinghouse completed — 225 years old this year
1836 – Town and church separate
1837 – Local schism led First Parish to become Unitarian, with the Congregationalist members splitting off to form what is now our Memorial Congregational Church
1846 – Town moves into its own building “Town House” (lost to fire in 1930)
1932 – Present Sudbury Town Hall completed
As we celebrate the the Tri-Centennial of Sudbury Town Center, support our historic Meetinghouse with Town Center apparel! Hoodies, T-Shirts, etc for kids and adults!