Town of Plymouth says YES to Community Preservation grant for the historic Meetinghouse!

Last night on October 22, 2018, the Plymouth Town Meeting took a major historic step on behalf of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and our project to restore the First Parish Church in Plymouth’s Town Square.

They voted to give us a Community Preservation grant for over $2,600,000 to help us to restore the building's crumbling stone exterior. Recent storms have made it very clear that this repair to the roof and exterior is urgently needed to guarantee structural stability for the future. 

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With the town’s contribution and the funds that have already been raised within our Society, we are very close to the $3 million that is required for ownership of the building to pass to our organization. In the future, our plan is to rename the building the National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse and begin the repair process just as quickly as we possibly can. We look forward to returning the John Robinson windows (shown here) to their proper place on the facade, showing the moment when our Mayflower ancestors left Delfshaven in the Netherlands.

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The citizens of Plymouth have demonstrated their confidence in the Mayflower Society, and we look forward to the day when that building is a source of pride in their town and in the hearts of all of us who love the heritage that the Pilgrims left for us.

Thank you so much to all of our members, friends and followers who shared their support. Thanks also to the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church for the tremendous sacrifice they are making to save their building.

And finally, a huge thank you to the town of Plymouth Community Preservation Committee and Chair Bill Keohan for this $2,618,000 grant to repair the exterior of the historic Meetinghouse and preserve America’s Hometown for future generations. For more information on our decision to restore, repair and preserve the historic 1898 Meetinghouse, click here. 

We are so close to reaching our current goal of $3,000,000, won't you consider giving to our 2020 legacy: the National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse?

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