It caught my eye as I was driving by and saw the historical plaque on the face of the building and the granite stone foundation. This house is used as a meeting place for the Quaker religious Society of Friends and also as a children's day care center. It is used for meeting concerning local issues, which are supported by such organizations as Peace and Social Concerns, Ministry and Council and Religious Education. This building was built in 1768 and was built to accommodate both men and women based meetings with in-house dividers to insure privacy. It seems to be a saltbox colonial with a granite stone foundation with three floors, all of which very wide open. It has symmetrical windows and board structure, with a schoolhouse appearance.
Once the Quaker movement came to Dover, the Society of Friends opened their doors to support the Quaker religion during the Puritan revolution in the 1650's and gave them a place to the voice of spirit in long moments of silence. By 1676, the Penacook Indians lived in harmony along side the colonists until a portion of the Wampanoag tribe from Massachusetts were fooled into custody by the Dover militia and sent to slavery and, in some cases, death in Boston. The peace between the Penacooks and the colonists soon grew strained and in 1689, the Penacooks attacked the houses of the Dover settlers. killing and capturing 49 people. One of the most famous of the captives was Mary Otis, who was rescued shortly after and was returned to Dover to wed Ebenezer Varney and established the Society of Friends after it had deteriorated before the trouble with the Massachusetts Indians. She then took the only remaining peace of her grandfather's burned house, which was a small anvil, to the rest of the Quakers and convinced them that it should be worshiped as an "altar of peace".
As I walked through this building I saw the anvil and, on the side of the wood block it was attached to, it said "Given by Mary Otis as an altar of peace and taken from her grandfather's house in Dover after it was burned by the Indians in 1679.