Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Plymouth Quaker Meeting

We often just take names for granted and history geesh that was so yesterday, but living in Penn's woods. I have always had a curiosity about the Quakers.

Plymouth Meeting the town for those that do not know is located at the other end of the Blue Route, last stop before the turnpike I believe.When I spotted a Quaker Meeting House, I had to stop for a photo op. It is located at Germantown and Butler Pike in Plymouth Meeting, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Plymouth Friends Meetinghouse was added to the National Register of Historical Places February 18, 1971. The outside of the building dates back to 1708.

It served as a hospital and a campsite for Washington's troops on their way to Valley Forge. 
Troops under the Marquis de Lafayette camped on the grounds prior to the May 20, 1778 Battle at Barren Hill. Lafayette Hiils, Lafayette Street, it is all coming together.

In 1780, the eastern wing was added and used as a school to replace the original log school.

The interior was destroyed by fire in 1867 and restored. The front porch was added across the front at this time.

I always find the exterior of the meeting houses to be well maintained and welcoming.

The inside also provides plenty of room to gather for a meeting of the minds. 

In this photograph, notice the beautiful floors, they are new and have been replaced over the past two years due to a termite problem.

In my haste, I was headed for a hike at Wissahickon Park, I did not take the time to explore the cemetery and I am an "old cemetery person." Irish born artist, Thomas Hovenden and his daughter, died (1895)  from a train accident in the area. He is buried in the Plymouth Friends Meeting Cemetery. His home was across the street. His studio also known as Abolition Hall was also added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971

I thought Plymouth Meeting was a place to meet your friends and go shopping at the Mall. It is always nice to learn the true value in a name. Now why was it called Plymouth?

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