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The Old Peabody Pew

Kate Douglas Wiggin

Book Overview: 

A sweet, old fashioned Christmas romance set in an old New England meeting house.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ncluding ten of school-teaching, had done so little to mar its serenity.  “The lily story is as true as the gospel!” she exclaimed, “and I can see how one thing has led you to another in making the church comfortable.  But my husband says that two coats of paint on the pews would cost a considerable sum.”

“How about cleaning them?  I don’t believe they’ve had a good hard washing since the flood.”  The suggestion came from Deacon Miller’s wife to the president.

“They can’t even be scrubbed for less than fifteen or twenty dollars, for I thought of that and asked Mrs. Simpson yesterday, and she said twenty cents a pew was the cheapest she could do it for.”

“We’ve done everything else,” said Nancy Wentworth, with a twitch of her thread; “why don’t we scrub the pews?  There’s nothing in the orthodox creed to forbid, is there?&. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The story line is simple... with a hint of equal rights for women weaved in. The illustrations are outstanding, and there is a frame of decorations on every page!


3.5 stars
I enjoyed this sweet story. While there wasn't much in the way of excitement or action (besides cleaning the church), it was just right for a Christmas read. And I loved the ending.

When the Dorcas Society of the Tory Hill Meeting House - a Ladies Aid Society devoted to the upkeep and improvement of that historic church - decide to clean and decorate (as much as they are able) the pews in their beloved house of worship for the Christmas holiday, each member agrees to take charg

I remember as a small (but literate) child, examining books in my aunt's bookshelf and being told "Oh, you don't want that, that's just The Old Peabody Pew." (Of course as a seven-year-old I thought this was a hilarious title!) Recently, I realized that this tale fit into the category of Christmas s

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