Merion Friends Meeting House

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Merion Friends Meeting House
Merion Friends Meeting House
Merion Friends Meeting House is located in Pennsylvania
Merion Friends Meeting House
Location 615 Montgomery Ave., Merion Station, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°0′34″N 75°15′17″W / 40.00944°N 75.25472°W / 40.00944; -75.25472Coordinates: 40°0′34″N 75°15′17″W / 40.00944°N 75.25472°W / 40.00944; -75.25472
Built 1696-1714
Architect local community of Friends
Architectural style Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 98001194[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 5, 1998
Designated NHL August 6, 1999[3]
Designated PHMC September 15, 1967[2]

Merion Friends Meeting House in Merion Station, Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania is the second oldest Friends meeting house in the United States (after the Third Haven Meeting House in Maryland) and remains the place of worship of the Merion Monthly Meeting of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The meeting was founded by the first known group of Welsh settlers in the Americas (who arrived in 1682). The meeting house itself was constructed a few years later.

(The name "monthly meeting" reflects the self-governing organization of the Society of Friends. Groups of Quakers who meet each month to conduct business and make decisions regarding their own meetings will meet quarterly with members of other nearby meetings, and will meet yearly with all the Friends in their regional "yearly meeting.")

The meeting house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1999.[3][4] A preservation campaign is underway to make needed repairs while retaining the original architecture and features.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ "PHMC Historical Markers". Historical Marker Database. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Merion Friends Meeting House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  4. ^ Bill Bolger, David G. Orr, and Catherine LaVoie (February 3, 1998). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Merion Friends Meeting House PDF (32 KB). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 9 photos, exterior and interior, from 1987. PDF (32 KB)

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