English colonists settled in Bare Cove as early as 1632, but over the next few years, over 40 Puritan families arrived from Hingham, England, and re-named the community Hingham, which then became part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1681, the sons and grandsons of the original settlers built the meetinghouse that still stands today, which is the only remaining meetinghouse of it's kind, as well as the oldest church in America to have been in continuous use. It is now a Registered National Historic Landmark. This film is the story of the evolution of both the building and the community of Hingham, as the town and the Old Ship Meetinghouse are now well into their fourth century. The original video tape of The Old Ship Meetinghouse was produced in 1996, and was shown on The History Channel in 1998.