A Short List of Historical Quaker Sites in the US
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Quaker Farms Historic District
Quaker Farms Historic District is a historic district in the town of Oxford, Connecticut that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
The Quaker Farms Historic District lies west of the north-south ridge that divides the Housatonic River and Little River. The 12 properties of the Quaker Farms Historic District front on Quaker Farms Road (State Highway Route 188).
Quaker Hill Historic District
Quaker Hill Historic District is a historic district in the town of Waterford, Connecticut that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002. The district "illustrates how successive forces of modernization turned an isolated dispersed farming community of religious dissidents into a nineteenth-century industrial village, which finally emerged as an early twentieth-century suburb. Of particular historical importance is Quaker Hill's original association with the Rogerenes, a legacy kept alive by the presence of their nineteenth-century descendents in the village." A number of major styles of 19th and early 20th century architecture are represented in the district, including Colonial, Greek Revival, Italianate, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and Ranch
Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation
521 N. West Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
The Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation is an organization dedicated to preserving, restoring and promoting the history, social life and architecture of the Quaker Hill area, using a multi-faceted outreach effort.
Quaker Hill was first settled in 1738 by William Shipley. In 1739, the Shipleys and other Quakers attracted to the area built the first Wilmington Friends Meeting House. By 1748, a new one had to be constructed to accommodate the increased population; the original meeting house became the first Friends School. A third meeting house (pictured at left) was built in 1816 and remains today as a place of worship and an active community center.
Levi Coffin House
113 U.S. 27 North
P.O. Box 77
Fountain City, IN 47341
June 1 - Aug. 31: Tues. - Saturday, 1p.m. - 4p.m.
Sept. 1 - Oct. 3: Saturday only, 1p.m. - 4p.m. (Last tour begins at 4p.m.)
Group Tours by appointment
Admission: $2.00/adults, $1.00/children (6-18) $1.00/pre-scheduled school groups
Museum Voice # (765) 847-2432
Museum Fax # (765) 847-2498
Volunteer (765) 847-2076
Tourism Board (765) 935-8687
A part of the legendary Underground Railroad for fleeing slaves of pre-Civil War days, this registered National Historic Landmark is a Federal style brick home built in 1839. Levi and Catharine Coffin were legendary in helping many former slaves escape to freedom in the North. Levi is often referred to as the President of the Underground Railroad. The Coffin house was purchased in 1967 by the State of Indiana. The house was restored and then opened to the public in 1970. The site is a registered National Historic Landmark and is operated by the Levi Coffin House Association.
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site Information
110 Parkside Drive
West Branch, IA 52358
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Admission: $6 for adults; free for children under 16
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site presents the two phases of Hoover's life -- his Quaker upbringing and his long public career -- in the setting of a late-nineteenth-century Iowa farm community.
Lewelling Quaker Museum
Location: Salem, Iowa south side of the square across, one block south of the Friends (Quaker) Church.
Phone: (319) 258-4341
Hours: May through September, Sundays 1-4 pm
Weekdays by appointment, call, the wonderful volunteers will certainly help you set a time to touch this piece of history.
Admission: $1.00 students $2.00 adults
The Lewelling Quaker Museum sits in the quite farming community of Salem, Iowa, 10 miles south of Mt. Pleasant. This community is known for it’s nice square, active Quaker church, safe living environment and fabulous history. Once known as the main ticket office of the underground railroad, the Lewelling Quaker House contains grim reminders of the anti-slavery movement. The underground railroad had as many as 5 homes in the Salem area for the safety of slaves escaping their “owners.” This home is now a museum dedicated to that search for freedom.
Quaker Tavern B&B - Inn
377 Gray Road - Route 26 North
Falmouth, Maine 04105-2520
Quaker Tavern is an unblemished country Federal structure built by the Hall family of Quakers, circa 1780. Surrounded by 15 acres of farm and forest, this National Historic Landmark features fireplaces in every room, organic continental buffet breakfasts, feather bedding, private or shared baths, a guest entry, and a private parlor.
The Quaker Meeting House
Corner of Friend & Maple Street, off Route 8
Adams, MA 01220
Phone: (413) 743-1799
Hours: Open 1 - 4pm, every Sunday, July 6 - Columbus Day. Free Admission.
Family of Susan B. Anthony built this house & worshipped here.
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
67 East Road, PO Box 244
Adams, MA 01220
Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 1-4 pm
Admission: $5 Adults, $3 Students and Seniors, Children under 6 Free
1820 Quaker homestead of social reformer and women's rights advocate.
The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to preserving the birthplace and raising public awareness of the wide-ranging legacy of the great social reformer, Susan B. Anthony, who was a pioneering feminist and suffragist as well as a noteworthy figure in the abolitionist, pro-life and temperance movements of the 19th century. As part of its mission, the Museum highlights the familial and regional influences which shaped Ms. Anthony’s early life, by displaying the textiles and furnishings of that period, as well as the literature and other memorabilia associated with her later career.
Historic Haddonfield, NJ
Borough of Haddonfield
242 King's Highway East
Haddonfield, NJ 08033-0969
On October 23, 1682, when he took up a tract of 400 acres, Francis Collins became the first settler within the boundaries of what is today Haddonfield. An English Quaker and a bricklayer by trade, Collins soon built his house, "Mountwell". Other settlers would soon follow.
John Haddon was a wealthy businessman from London, a Quaker and friend of William Penn; in 1698 he purchased land in West New Jersey. Soon he acquired additional American lands, which required that he take possession within six months. Instead of coming himself, he sent his 20 year old daughter, Elizabeth, to lay claim to his new holdings. She arrived in June 1701.
Elizabeth Haddon named this land "Haddonfield" in honor of her father. A wilderness in 1701, she saw many changes in what would be her home until her death in 1762 at age 82. In 1702, Elizabeth married John Estaugh, a young Quaker missionary of reknown. In 1713 they built a beautiful brick mansion on what is now Wood Lane. This date of 1713 has been marked by several celebrations in this century as the "founding" date of Haddonfield.
Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh returned from a trip to England in 1721 with a deed of land from her father, a gift to the Quakers to erect a meetinghouse. The log structure and its brick successor in 1760 were the only places of worship in town for 97 years.
Alice Paul Institute
128 Hooton Rd
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
The Alice Paul Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the life and work of New Jersey’s most famous suffragist, Alice Stokes Paul (1885-1977), author of the Equal Rights Amendment, founder of the National Woman’s Party, and a lifelong activist for women’s equality. API’s mission is to educate the public about her life, preserve historic Paulsdale, develop future leaders, and work towards achieving women’s equality. Paulsdale, Alice Paul’s birthplace and family home in Mount Laurel, New Jersey is a National Historic Landmark and serves as a center for celebrating women’s history and leadership. Born on January 11, 1885 to Quaker parents in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Alice Paul dedicated her life to the single cause of securing equal rights for all women.
Few individuals have had as much impact on American history as has Alice Paul. Her life symbolizes the long struggle for justice in the United States and around the world. Her vision was the ordinary notion that women and men should be equal partners in society.
The Rotch-Jones-Duff (RJD) House
396 County Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: (508) 997-1401
Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
AHA! Evenings: The Museum is open the second Thursday evening of each month (excluding January) free of charge.
Closed major holidays. Call (508) 997-1401 for further information.
AAA Member $4.00
Seniors (over 62) $4.00
Children (12 and under) $2.00
General Admission includes a 30-minute self-guided tour of the Museum and access to the exterior grounds and gardens.
In 1834, during the Golden Age of Whaling, William Rotch, Jr. built his fine mansion on County Street. The Greek Revival architecture embodied a style of design that reflected the changing taste and culture of a thriving young nation, while also respecting the restraint and simplicity of Mr. Rotch’s Quaker roots. William Rotch, Jr. was one of New Bedford’s most influential townsmen and entrepreneurs. He was a founding member of the New Bedford Institute for Savings, Friends Academy and the New Bedford Horticultural Society. As an elder in the Quaker meetinghouse, he was a guiding light in New England Quaker education.The Rotch-Jones-Duff (RJD) House occupies a full city block on County Street in New Bedford, Massachusetts (Bristol County), bordered by Madison, Cherry (now Joli Gonsalves), and Seventh Streets.
Hwy 35 and Sycamore Ave
Shrewsbury NJ. Settled in the 1660s. Present meeting house built in 1816. Cemetery.
Stony Brook Meeting House and Cemetery
intersection of Princeton Pike/Mercer Road and Quaker Road
Princeton Township, New Jersey
Stony Brook Meeting House and Cemetery are historic Quaker sites located at the Stony Brook Settlement at the intersection of Princeton Pike/Mercer Road and Quaker Road in Princeton Township, New Jersey, United States. The first Europeans to settle in the Princeton area were six Quaker families who built their homes near the Stony Brook around 1696. In 1709 Benjamin Clark deeded nine and three-fifths acres in trust to Richard Stockton and others to establish a Friends meeting house and burial ground.
MANASQUAN QUAKER MEETING
2257 Meetinghouse Road, Manasquan NJ 08736. Just off the Manasquan Traffic Circle in Wall Township, NJ.
Web Address: Manasquanquakers.org
Meeting originally started about 1703. First Meeting House built 1730. Present Meeting House built in 1884. Cemetery.
David Barker Home
Baker was a founder of the Quaker community in Barker, New York and is believed to have been a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. The Quakers, as a group, were very active supporters of the Underground Railroad network. The Barker Home is located on Quaker Road in Barker, New York.
Creek Meeting House Exhibit Center
Clinton Historical Society
2433 Salt Point Tnpk
Clinton Corners, Hudson Valley, NY, 12514
Hours: May – October, weekends
This former Quaker meeting house, built in 1777, hosts art exhibitions and railroad exhibits.
Farmington Meeting House
160 County Road 8
P. O. Box 25053
Farmington, New York 14425
As the site of Genesee Yearly Meeting of Friends, the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse was a national crucible for major reform movements in the nineteenth century. It stood at the crossroads –symbolically as well as geographically--of activism for African American rights, women’s rights, and Native American rights.
Flushing Quaker Meeting House
137-16 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, New York 11354
Built in 1694 by John Bowne and other early Quakers, the Old Quaker Meeting House is, by all known accounts, the oldest house of worship in New York State and the second oldest Quaker meeting house in the nation. Visitors to the Meeting House have included George Washington, John Woolman and William Penn. The Meeting House is recognized as a rare example of ecclesiastical architecture and as a monument to an important event in the struggle for religious freedom in America, the Flushing Remonstrance, a document which is perhaps the earliest demand for religious freedom in America. The Meeting House also saw the beginnings of the abolitionist movement and the first school in Flushing. A National Historic Landmark and an Individual New York City Landmark, the Old Quaker Meeting House is also listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
In addition to meetings for worship every Sunday at 11:00 a.m., the Meeting House is open every Sunday from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. for tours. All are welcome. Group tours can be scheduled for other days by appointment.
Nine Partners Meeting House
junction of NY state highway 343 and Church Street
Millbrook, New York
Hours: by appointment.
The meeting house, c.1780, was built by Quakers and could hold 1,000 people.
Village of Pleasant Valley, New York
Pleasant Valley, New York
Quakers and Presbyterians from New England and Long Island first settled here in the 1740s where the Wappinger Creek was easily forded. Late 18th c. maps refer to a “great bridge,” and open bridge near the fording site, south of the present structure. A covered bridge built over the creek was replaced in 1841 and 1911. This area is the site of former textile mills.
Susan B. Anthony House
17 Madison Street
Rochester, NY 14608
Open Tuesdays through Sundays 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays
$10.00 per adult
$8.00 per senior citizen 62 & over
$5.00 per student
$5.00 per child (12 & under)
The Susan B. Anthony House was the home of the great woman's suffrage leader from 1866 to 1906. It is now preserved by the Susan B. Anthony House, Inc., a museum and learning center. It is open to visitors Tuesday through Sunday, except major holidays.
This home was purchased by Lucy Anthony, Susan B. Anthony's mother, after she was widowed. She moved into the house with two of her daughters, Susan and Mary S. Anthony. Additional Anthony family members lived there from time to time. Mary eventually acquired the home from her mother, and Susan and Mary lived here until their deaths. The house next door, at 19 Madison Street, was owned by their sister, Hannah Mosher, and her family. That house is now the Visitor Center and museum shop. The House holds a collection of artifacts and furnishings, and there are many photos and memorabilia commemorating Miss Anthony and her lifetime work toward social reform and human rights for all.
Martin Marmon House
County Road 153
Logan County, Ohio
Martin Marmon House is a historic house near the village of Zanesfield in Jefferson Township, Logan County, Ohio, United States. Built by pioneer settler Martin Marmon around the year 1820, it is one of the best remaining examples of Quaker architecture.
A Quaker from North Carolina, Martin Marmon moved to west-central Ohio from Kentucky in 1805 with his two brothers and their families; they were the first settlers in Jefferson Township after Isaac Zane, who had married into the Shawnee people then living in the area. This emigration was typical of southern Quakers, who moved north in large numbers to escape the slavery system of the South. Their new home was close to the territory of the Shawnee, being only a short distance south of the Greenville Treaty Line. Ten years after moving north, Martin bought the land on which he had settled from his brother Robert, who lived a short distance to the east. On this land he built the brick house in which he lived for the rest of his life.
Mt. Pleasant Meeting House and Historic District
298 Market Street
Mount Pleasant, OH 43939
Hours: April – October, by appointment only
Garden Tours: first Saturday & Sunday of August, 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Admission: $3 Adults, $1.50 Children 6-12
Founded in 1803, this early 19th century activist Quaker community is located just a short distance from Wheeling, West Virginia (formerly Virginia) where slave auctions were regularly held. The historic district, which has been designated as a National Historic Landmark, is a remarkably intact example of a 19th century community. Its residents are still largely Quakers and are proud to share their abolitionist history with visitors.
Salem Historical Society and Museum and Freedom Hall
208 South Broadway Ave
Salem, OH 44460
Hours: The Museum buildings are open each Sunday afternoon, May through October. There is a small admission charge.
Salem, a historic Quaker community, was active in both the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements. A number of buildings in the community have been researched and documented as Underground Railroad sites. The community recently published a four-color self-guided tour brochure of Underground Railroad sites in Salem. After touring the sites, the public is invited to visit the Salem Historical Society and Museum and Freedom Hall which has interpretive displays about Salem’s Underground Railroad history.
George Fox University Two Historic Campus Buildings
414 N. Meridian Street
Newberg, Oregon 97132
Jesse Edwards House: is the second-oldest residence in the city of Newberg, Ore., built in 1883 by the “Father of Newberg” and one of the founders of George Fox University, Jesse Edwards. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The only older local house – by two years – is the Hoover-Minthorn House, preserved as a national and local landmark because it served as a boyhood home for U.S. President Herbert Hoover. It also is on the National Register.
The two houses are interconnected. When Jesse and Mary Edwards built their two-story wood house, they sold their first home to Dr. Henry Minthorn, who came to Newberg to become the first superintendent of Friends Pacific Academy, which became George Fox University.
Minthorn Hall: is George Fox University's oldest building, a place where U.S. President Herbert Hoover lived and played as a boy in Newberg. Constructed in 1887, the building is older than the university itself. It was constructed for Friends Pacific Academy, the forerunner of the university, and was moved to its present site in 1892, one year after the university was founded. In being named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, the building was cited as "a classic illustration of adaptive use of one of the oldest private college buildings in Oregon." It is described as "the sole physical link tying together (the) entire academic history from infant Friends Pacific Academy to thriving George Fox University."
Arch Street Meeting House
320 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. Worship meetings are held twice weekly and visitors are always welcome. Donation requested.
This is the oldest Friends Meeting House still in use in Philadelphia and the largest in the world. It was built in 1804 and enlarged in 1811. The Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends living in Philadelphia, the southern half of New Jersey, Delaware and parts of Maryland is held here every spring. Monthly business meetings are also conducted here — as they have since the 19th century.
William Brinton 1704 House and Historic Site
21 Oakland Road
West Chester, PA 19382
just west of U.S. Route 202, 1/4 mile south of Dilworthtown, Pennsylvania.
Hours: Tours are available to the public daily, May through October.
The William Brinton 1704 House is a restored historic Quaker home which is owned, maintained, and operated as a museum by the Brinton Association of America. Located just off of U.S. Route 202, south of West Chester, Pennsylvania, this stone house was built and originally occupied in 1704, by William Brinton, Jr. (1670-1751), son of an English immigrant. The home is situated on part of a 450-acre land grant from William Penn and resembles medieval English architectural style. It is furnished authentically and boasts many interesting features, such as leaded casement windows, an indoor bake oven, and a colonial herb garden. The William Brinton 1704 House and Historic Site was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1968.
Buckingham Friends Meeting House
5684 York Road
(routes 202 and 263)
(just south of Peddler's Village)
Buckingham Friends Meeting is a vibrant community of families and individuals, located in the heart of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. We invite you to seek the Light of God with us every First Day (Sunday) for Meeting for Worship at 10:30 AM. Worship lasts approximately one hour, and is preceded by singing starting at 10:15. Even Quaker children may find it difficult to sit still for so long, so we offer First Day School after 15 minutes of worship. Worship is followed by fellowship and refreshments, and we often have guest speakers and other enrichment programs. Founded in 1702, Buckingham Friends Meeting has been worshipping in our present building since 1768, which has been designated a National Historic Landmark. It has served as a model for Friends meetinghouses throughout the region and the United States.
Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm (last entry: 4 pm) Every day, twelve months a year
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day and New Year’s Day
Students & Kids: $8
Not recommended for children under the age of seven.
Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.
Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts.
Eastern State Penitentiary broke sharply with the prisons of its day, abandoning corporal punishment and ill treatment. This massive new structure, opened in 1829, became one of the most expensive American buildings of its day and soon the most famous prison in the world. The Penitentiary would not simply punish, but move the criminal toward spiritual reflection and change. The method was a Quaker-inspired system of isolation from other prisoners, with labor. The early system was strict. To prevent distraction, knowledge of the building, and even mild interaction with guards, inmates were hooded whenever they were outside their cells. But the proponents of the system believed strongly that the criminals, exposed, in silence, to thoughts of their behavior and the ugliness of their crimes, would become genuinely penitent. Thus the new word, penitentiary.
Free Quaker Meeting House
corner of 5th and Arch Streets
The building is rarely open for visitors and used mostly for special events. It is, however, a significant landmark in U.S. history.
During the Revolutionary War, most Quakers maintained their pacifist beliefs. Some Quakers disagreed and felt that the cause of freedom was too important. Many of these Quakers were important contributors in the war for independence. They established their own meeting house knowing that by supporting the Revolution they would be expelled from the main community of Quakers.
It was here that these "Free" Quakers or "Fighting" Quakers met for the next 50 years until their numbers dwindled to just two members - Betsy Ross and John Price Wetherill. The meeting house was then closed.
Over the years the building has been used for numerous purposes. Today it serves as the headquarters for Once Upon a Nation. If you find the door ajar as you walk by, ask if you can take a look inside.
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
Friends Center’s place in Philadelphia history began in 1856, when the Race Street Meeting House was built jointly by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and what is now known as Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. The still active meetinghouse has continued to serve its congregation and the larger community for over 150 years. Important figures in the life of this building have included prominent women’s right activists Lucretia Mott, Hannah Clothier Hull, and Alice Paul. In 1993 the Race Street Meetinghouse was designated a National Historic Landmark for its role in the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, and the civil rights movements.
4641 Roosevelt Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Friends Hospital, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is recognized as one of the premier mental hospitals in the United States. Founded by Quakers in 1813 as "The Asylum for Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason," and later known as the "Frankford Asylum for the Insane," it was the first private psychiatric hospital in the U.S. Friends Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Friends Hospital is a National Historic Landmark.
Horsham Friends Meeting
500 Easton Road
Horsham, PA 19044
Horsham Friends Meeting is a Quaker meeting house located in Horsham, Pennsylvania, home to Horsham Monthly Meeting. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1991-06-21. In addition to serving as a place of worship, the Quaker School at Horsham is located on the meeting's grounds. A carriage house is located next to the meeting and an attached graveyard is across situated across Easton Road, the street that the Meeting sits on.
Johnson House Historic Site
6306 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Thursdays, 10 am – 4 pm
Fridays, 10 am – 4 pm
Saturdays, 1 – 4 pm
Teachers with school group FREE
Built in 1768, the Johnson House was one of Germantown’s oldest existing year-round homes, and was used as a stop on the Underground Railroad. John Johnson, son of Dutch immigrant Dirk Jansen, built the house as a wedding present for his son John, Jr. and his bride Rachel Livezey. John Johnson, Jr. was a tanner and farmer and operated the tannery business from his home. As Quakers, the Johnsons believed in non-violence. Consequently, while the Battle of Germantown raged outside the front door in October 1777, the family took refuge in the cellar. Their religious beliefs also kept them from defending their property when soldiers entered their home to steal food from their kitchen. Scars from the Battle of Germantown are still visible inside the house.
The Johnson family owned a substantial amount of land in Germantown and was one of the town’s wealthiest families. They were active supporters of the Concord School, Germantown’s first English-speaking school. The school, located across the street from the Johnson House, is still standing and open to the public for tours. John Johnson’s son Samuel was a member of both the first school board and the first town council in Germantown.
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19132
Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Closed Major Holidays
In late 1835, John Jay Smith, a Quaker and librarian, recorded in his diary: “The City of Philadelphia has been increasing so rapidly of late years that the living population has multiplied beyond the means of accommodation for the dead…on recently visiting Friends grave yard in Cherry Street I found it impossible to designate the resting place of a darling daughter, determined me to endeavor to procure for the citizens a suitable, neat and orderly location for a rural cemetery.”
Smith’s very personal experience ultimately had very public implications, as less than one year later, this grieving father founded Laurel Hill Cemetery with partners Nathan Dunn, Benjamin W. Richards and Frederick Brown. When Smith conceived of Laurel Hill, he envisioned something fundamentally different from the burial places that came before it, and the site has continued to hold an important place of distinction as one of the first cemeteries of its kind. Key concepts to Laurel Hill’s founding were that it had to be situated in a picturesque location well outside the city; that it had no religious affiliation; and that it provided a permanent burial space for the dead in a restful and tranquil setting.
Merion Friends Meeting
615 Montgomery Avenue
Merion Station, PA 19066
(intersection of Montgomery Ave. and Meetinghouse Ln.,
between Narberth and Bala Cynwyd)
The Meeting, as a group of Quakers, began in 1682 upon arrival of the first boatload of the First Company of Welsh families fleeing persecution for their non-conformist worship in Wales. Edward Jones, son-in-law of Dr. Thomas Wynne, Quaker physician and friend of William Penn led them. In 1695 the now thriving community in "Merion," named in honor of their Welsh Merionethshire, built a stone meeting house, later to be enlarged. It stood on a well-used path linking the Welsh farms to Philadelphia. Tradition says William Penn visited and preached here. In the loft above the meeting room, school was held for girls and boys, including Indian children. Merion Friends recently received a great honor when the meetinghouse was declared a National Landmark by the Dept. of Interior in Washington, D.C. Weekly meetings for worship, as well as occasional weddings and burials in the adjacent grounds, continue to the present day.
219 Court St., PO Box 224
Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940
Edward Hicks (Hicksite branch of Friends) was a member of the Newtown Monthly Meeting (Monthly Meetings are the local Quaker congregations) and is buried in the graveyard there. His home in Newtown, Pennsylvania, is adjacent to the Meeting's property and is a national historic landmark.
Once Upon a Nation
6th and Race Strees (Locations vary for each attraction) Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hours: May – October
Once Upon A Nation is a unique Philadelphia attraction that truly brings history to life.
Your experience includes Adventure Tours (paid walking tours), evening performances such as the interactive movie-musical “1776,” storytelling by historical heroes, Harmony Lane (Colonial characters and children’s games) and free storytelling benches throughout the historic district.
With such a wide variety of programming, there are many reasons to visit Philadelphia’s most historic square mile. And below are several itineraries that allow every visitor to enjoy Once Upon A Nation to the fullest.
- Independence After Hours
- Tippler’s Tour
- 1776: The Movie-Musical (will not be running this year due to construction)
- An Evening with George Washington or Thomas Jefferson (beginning date TBD; visit Once Upon a Nation for updates)
Tours (begin Memorial Day Weekend):
- Turmoil and Treason Tour
- Colonial Kids’ Quest
Race Street Meeting House
1515 Cherry Street
The Race Street Friends Meetinghouse is a historic and still active Quaker meetinghouse located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The meetinghouse, at 1515 Cherry Street, served as the site of the Yearly Meeting of the Hicksite sect of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) from 1857 to 1955. Built in 1856 by the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and the Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, it was at the forefront of women's involvement both in Quaker religion and in American political activism. Many leaders in the Women's Movement were associated with this meetinghouse; these included abolitionist and women's rights activist Lucretia Mott, peace activist Hannah Clothier Hull, and suffrage leader and Equal Rights Amendment author Alice Paul.
The meetinghouse was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1993 for its role in the abolition of slavery, women's suffrage, and the civil rights movement.
The Meetinghouse is part of the Friends Center campus, which includes the National Office of the American Friends Service Committee, Friends World Committee for Consultation, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the United Nations Association. It is the site of a copy of Sylvia Shaw Judson's statue of Mary Dyer, the 17th century Quaker martyr.
Betsy Ross House
239 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Location: in the heart of Philadelphia's Most Historic Square Mile, just blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
- 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily: April through October
- closed Mondays: November through March
- closed Mondays & Tuesdays: January & February
- Adults $4
- Children/Students/Seniors/Military $3
- Adults $6
- Children/Students/Seniors/Military $5
While there is no doubt that the real Betsy Ross was worthy of interest in her own right, it is the legend of Betsy sewing the first stars and stripes that has made her an unforgettable historical figure. She was born into a Quaker family in 1752, and later in life became a member of the Society of Free Quakers.
134 West Philadelphia Street
The York Meetinghouse, originally constructed in 1766, is the oldest religious building in the City of York. The York Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, once one of the largest religious bodies in the city, still holds weekly worship services for its nine members.
Wrights Ferry Mansion
38 South 2nd Street
Columbia, PA 17512-1402
Hours: Open May through October, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10AM to 3PM.
Wright's Ferry Mansion stands as evidence of the strong rooting of the settlement made by a handful of English Quakers coming from Chester and Darby, Pennsylvania, to wild and virtually uninhabited country along the Susquehanna River. Pervaded by English Quaker elegance and simplicity, this house, built in 1738, reflects the sophisticated tastes and panoply of interests of its original owner, Susanna Wright. A dynamic force in establishing colonial self-sufficiency, she encouraged industry, especially the production of silk; imparted her knowledge of law and medicine by providing counseling and medical help; implanted her Quaker beliefs; and stimulated a literary current through her poetry and correspondence. The mansion houses a superlative collection of Philadelphia furniture, English ceramics, needlework, metals and glass, all made prior to 1750.
Saylesville Friends Meeting House
374 Great Road
Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865
This Meetinghouse, built in 1704 and expanded in 1745, exhibits the plainness and simplicity which 18th-century Quakers mandated in their lives. This meeting was the center of Quaker life in northern Rhode Island for several decades and the home of the Providence Monthly Meeting after 1718. The beauty of this building is not in elaborate details but in how simply it suits its purpose and in the craft and fine workmanship in the handling of materials. A large cemetery, resting place of many of these early Friends, adjoins the meetinghouse. Oldest meeting house in New England in continuous use.. Sunday meetings, 10:30 a.m.
Green Springs National Historic Landmark District
US Route 15
Louisa County, Virginia
Location: to reach US 15 from I-95 in Richmond, proceed west on I-64 for approximately 50. Take exit 136 and go north towards Gordonsville.
Farmers have long been drawn to Virginia’s fertile piedmont. In 1720, a group of Quakers settled in at Green Springs, a lush, 14,000-acre pasture surrounded by wooded hills. Over the next century, more families moved in and began tilling the rich soil, raising children, and erecting homes, barns, and outbuildings along the gently rolling land. More than 250 well-preserved examples of 18th- and 19th-century rural Virginia architecture still dot the farmland on either side of Route 15. The Green Springs National Historic Landmark District was created to protect representative structures, such as the 1888 St. John’s Chapel, a classic example of the Carpenter’s Gothic architectural style.
You’ll find many of the 200-year-old buildings are still in use. Prospect Hill, a plantation home built by the Overton family, now operates as a country inn. Boswell’s Tavern, a popular coach stop, is now a private residence.
All of the land in Green Springs National Historic Landmark District remains privately held, but many of the historic structures can be seen from the road. Start at Bracketts Farm, run by a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving sustainable uses of the land. They can give you information about important sites in the region that are accessible to the public.
South River Meeting House
5810 Fort Avenue
Lynchburg, Virginia 24502
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 2 pm
INDIVIDUAL / GROUP TOURS: Free tours with costumed, historic site interpreters are available with three days advance notice.
SELF-GUIDED TOURS: A written self-guided tour of the South River Meeting House is available from the Church office of Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily Monday thru Friday except holidays.
To arrange a tour, call the Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church Office (434) 239-2548 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Monday – Friday except holidays
A Virginia Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Quakers settled in this area. Sarah Clark Lynch in 1754, invited her neighbors to worship in her home. South River Meeting House was organized in 1757. Sarah Lynch gave two acres of land for the
Quaker’s first log meeting house. The first meeting house burned in 1768, and a frame building was erected. Within 25 years the increased membership made necessary the building of a larger one. In 1791, John Lynch, Founder of Lynchburg, gave 10 acres of land “for the use ….of the People called Quakers….to hold, use and enjoy…..build and uphold and repair the premises for the purpose of Divine worship, regulation of church discipline. Burying Grounds and Education of the Youth….” Completed in 1798, the stone building remained the site of Quaker worship and activity until the 1840’s.
The Village of Waterford, Virginia
A National Historic Landmark, Waterford, Virginia was founded about 1733 by Amos Janney, a Quaker from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Other Quakers followed him there. Mills were built along Catoctin Creek. The village grew until it was the second largest town in Loudoun County (this was before the Civil War). Many buildings still in use in the village were built before 1840.
Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse
8890 Woodlawn Road
Fort Belvoir, Virginia
The meetinghouse and its associated cemetery are significant for their role in the Quaker community in this area of Virginia in the mid to late 19th century. The meetinghouse itself is also significant for its Quaker Plain Style architecture. The property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2009