The Society of Architectural Historians/New England Chapter invites you to tour


Three First-Period Buildings in Historic Hingham, Massachusetts

May 20, 2006

Noon to 5 p.m.

 We will visit three notable first-period buildings in Hingham:

  • The Old Ordinary, 21 Lincoln Street (1688, 1740, 1760) – a dwelling turned tavern now owned by the Hingham Historical Society;
  • General Benjamin Lincoln House, 181 North Street (1637) – a private home still in the Lincoln family;
  • Old Ship Meeting House, 90 Main Street (1681) – the oldest meeting house in continuous ecclesiastical use in the United States and Hingham’s most important architectural structure. Its curved struts resemble the inverted ribs of a ship.

 A reception following the tours will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Old Ship Parish House, 107 Main Street (1867, 1930), across the street from the Meeting House. All the buildings are within easy walking distance of each other (it is 10 minutes at most from the Parish House to the Old Ordinary). To conclude the afternoon’s events, Monique Lehner, former NESAH

president and Hingham resident, who has organized the day’s tours, will lead an hour-long bus tour of Historic Hingham after the reception at the Old Ship Parish House. Parking You may park behind the Old Ship Parish House, 107 Main Street (or on Main Street south of the Parish House) and walk to downtown Hingham (see map on back). We urge you to car pool. Directions to Hingham and the Parish House are also on the back. Noon We will meet at noon at The Old Ordinary on Lincoln Street and split into two groups. One group will tour the Old Ordinary first, the other will cross the street to the Benjamin Lincoln House. Then the groups will switch.

2 p.m. When ready, we will all walk up to the Old Ship Meeting House. (The cemetery behind the meeting house is not on the tour but is worth a visit.) 3-4 p.m. Reception at the Old Ship Parish House. 4-5 p.m. Bus tour