The House of the Lord
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HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH #137

The old part of this L-shaped Washington St. building may date to 1698. The "new" part in the foreground was a Methodist gathering place by 1808. Electrifying traveling preachers held crowded meetings here. One local carpenter wrote of seeing a vision of Jesus Christ wearing a garment dipped in blood. The building was torn down in 1910.

 

 

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 From HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH
Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
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Dilapidated portion of house in 1900, possibly dating to 1698 / SeacoastNH.com

 
READER RESPONSE TO THIS PHOTO

THANK YOU!   THANK YOU!!  for the House of the Lord photo! You don't know how timely that was for me! Methodism has been in Portsmouth since 1792, but the church was not officially organized until April 27, 1808. We will be celebrating our anniversary next year, and I am head of the anniversary committee. In my research I had just recently (past week or two) discovered that in 1808 we were meeting in the Hutching House on Washington St., under Rev. George Pickering, with 52 members. My next task was to contact Strawbery Banke for information about the House, but you beat me to it! How unfortunate that it was torn down. At some point after 1808, we moved to a building called the Cameneum on Vaughan St., I'm sure that is no longer standing. In 1828 we built what is now Temple Israel on State St., then our current church on Miller Ave. in 1912. So, as you can see, this photo has a lot of meaning for our congregation. Thank you so much!
Evelyn Laux

 

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