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029-0172 Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse

Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse
Photo credit: Alison Ross/DHR, 2015

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VLR Listing Date 03/19/2009

NRHP Listing Date 05/21/2009

DHR Virginia Board of Historic Resources

NRHP Reference Number 09000335

The Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse occupies a site on the Woodlawn Tract purchased in 1846 by Delaware Valley Quakers for division into small farms. The symbolism of the Woodlawn lands, including its association with George Washington, was important to the Quaker purchasers, who, as both pacifists and opponents of slavery, planned for their success at farming to demonstrate their anti-slavery message. The one-story, wood frame building embodies the distinctive characteristics of a vernacular form of Quaker Plain style in the tradition of the Woodlawn settlers’ meeting houses in the Delaware Valley. Built as a single cell in 1851- 53 and doubled in 1869, the modest Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse retains its historic character, featuring original windows, siding, trim, floor plan, interior partitions, and traditionally crafted benches. An associated burial ground containing the graves of the settlement’s founders is found to the east.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: January 27, 2022