Below is some brief background information related to the
Union Meetinghouse. For a closer view of the theme display areas
inside the museum building, click on the tabs above.
In 1834 the Universalists and the Christian Baptists joined forces to build the Union Meetinghouse, with the former preaching in the morning, and the latter in the afternoon.
Following the Civil War, the building came into possession of the Methodist-Episcopal Society, which in turn painted the exterior beige with chocolate trim, addressed the interior's crumbling plaster by covering it with local hemlock paneling, and added paired stained and etched glass windows (seen in the picture below), as remodeling in the then-popular Carpenter Gothic proceeded.
In 1943, George Ames bought the
then-vacant building and gave it to
Gilford's newly formed historical society which then took the name "Thompson-Ames Historical Society" to honor the benefactor's lineage.
On the NH State Register of Historic Places, the Union Meetinghouse is the setting of most of the historical society's monthly programs.