Arch Street Friends Meeting House

Arch Street Friends Meeting House

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location= 320 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
lat_degrees = 39
lat_minutes = 57
lat_seconds = 7.2
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 75
long_minutes = 8
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long_direction = W
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built =1804
architect= Owen Biddle (1774–1806)
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Arch Street Friends Meeting House, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the oldest meetinghouse of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) still in use in the United States and the largest in the world.

Pennsylvania founder and Quaker William Penn donated the land to the Society in 1693 as a burial ground for members. The meetinghouse was built in 1804 atop the graveyard and then enlarged in 1811, when the west wing was added to accommodate the Women's Monthly Meeting. The original east wing now houses exhibits on the life of Penn, and the west wing is used for meetings of the congregation.

Notable members of the congregation have included abolitionist Lucretia Mott. [ Article at] ] Edward Hicks, the noted painter and cousin of Elias Hicks, attended the yearly meeting.

Notable interments

The meetinghouse grounds were first used as a burial ground in 1701. Notable interments include:
*Charles Brockden Brown (1771-1810), the first American novelist ("Wieland") [Find A Grave|id=10214180|name=Charles Brockden Brown]
*James Logan (1674-1751), secretary to William Penn
*Samuel Nicholas (1744–1790), founder and first commandant of the United States Marine Corps
*Robert Waln (1765-1836), U.S. Congressman [Find A Grave|id=7663074|name=Robert Waln]


Further reading

*Edwin B. Bronner, "Quaker Landmarks in Early Philadelphia", "Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, New Ser.", Vol. 43, No. 1 (1953), pp. 210-216.

External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Listing and photographs] at the Historic American Buildings Survey
* [ Listing] at Philadelphia Architects and Buildings
* [ Listing] at Find-A-Grave
* [ Listing at]

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