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Published: 07/28/2006    print this story   email this story  

Dracut: Window into yesterday

By Harlyn Aizley

More than just an impressive landmark located in the center of town, Dracut's Olde Yellow Meeting House is a window into the region's architectural history. Originally erected in 1794 on the newly acquired town common, the building was the town's third meeting house, serving church and state both (as was the custom of the day) by hosting both services and town business.

The Olde Yellow Meeting House, which today stands proudly upon the largest intersection in Dracut at the corner of Pleasant and Bridge streets (routes 113 and 38), is now home to Christ Church United. The land the church rests on was transferred from town to church only in the last 30 years. The building has gone through several architectural changes since the 18th century including the addition of a bell tower in 1894. However, its noteworthy color - it remains one of only a few churches painted yellow - always has been preserved.

The Olde Yellow Meeting House is considered by many to be the most attractive architectural structure in town. Charming pictures of its various incarnations throughout Dracut history as well as a model of it can be found at the Dracut Historical Society at 1660 Lakeview Ave.

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