THE NEW MARLBOROUGH VILLAGE ASSOCIATION
In 1972, friends and neighbors established the New Marlborough Village Association to advance the history of the area and to provide cultural opportunities in New Marlborough and neighboring communities.
The NMVA’s mission is:
• To restore and maintain the historic 1839 Meeting House, a splendid Greek revival structure designed by the noted architect Henry Sykes, and to ensure ongoing maintenance of the Village Green.
• To foster interest in and appreciation of the natural beauty, historical traditions, and architectural heritage of New Marlborough, which celebrated its 250th anniversary of incorporation in 2009.
• To sponsor and otherwise promote public programming intended to enhance the artistic, cultural and civic life of our community and the surrounding southern Berkshire County area.
The Meeting House requires ongoing attention and tender loving care as we seek to maintain and expand its use as a cultural and community center. With no full-time staff, we are almost entirely dependent on volunteers to accomplish our mission. Please consider joining the Village Association and lending a hand, both literally and financially, to support our program, building and grounds.
Thank you for your interest in the New Marlborough Village Association.
Ben Harms, President
THE MEETING HOUSE
The New Marlborough Meeting House represents both the classic purity of New England architecture and the vitality of New England’s communitarian spirit. The present structure, located on the footprint of two previous buildings, the earlier dating to the 1740s, was built in 1839 on plans drawn by noted New England architect Henry A. Sykes. In 1972, it was sold (for $1) by the Congregational Church to the newly formed New Marlborough Village Association.
NMVA immediately addressed the structural integrity of the long-vacant building. Starting in 1991, it became the venue for Music and More, a summertime series of chamber-music concerts and literary discussions created by pianist and New Marlborough resident Harold Lewin, that has been the cultural heart of the community ever since. Later in the decade, it created a splendid art gallery on the ground floor. In 2016, the Village Association completed a second set of renovations — a new roof, fresh paint inside and out, and, notably, new stairs that restore the entry to Sykes’s original. Today, the Meeting House, which continues to bring superb music and art to southern Berkshire County and is available for weddings and other occasions, stands proudly at the edge of the Village Green, its pristine lines gleaming as never before.
To reserve the Meeting House for an event, call 413.229.2785
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