Friend's Meeting

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Friend's Meeting

 

Friends Meeting House

 


On Arch Street, midway between 3rd and 4th we come to the Friends Meeting House, the main part erected in 1804, the west wing in 1811. The oldest Friends Meeting House still in use in Philadelphia and the largest in the world, it is the site of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, held every spring.

 

 

 

Inside are dioramas depicting the main events of William Penn's life and his contributions, showing that Penn's inheritance belongs not only to Pennsylvania but to the nation. The ground around the Meeting House was first used for burial purposes under a patent issued by William Penn in 1701, and many victims of the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 are buried here. The epidemic produced the fearful street cry, "Bring out your dead!" as the carts bearing bodies rumbled over the Philadelphia cobbles. Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810), the first American novelist (Wieland), is buried here. Strangely enough, James Logan, certainly one of the three greatest Philadelphians of the Colonial period with William Penn and Benjamin Franklin lies here in an unmarked grave.

 

diorama of William Penn with native Americans

 

 

meeting room

 

 

some of the original benches

 

on the women's stairway
(a chastity board to prevent the males from seeing their ankles as they ascend the stairs)

 

a water fountain for the animals outside the meeting house


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