Quaker meeting house prepares for 200th anniversary

Moriah Schervone ('11)/Eastside Staff

A wood-burning stove is against a wall of the antiquated room in the Quaker’s Cropwell Friends Meeting House. The stove is framed by benches with pink cushions that are in the same position they were in years before. The ceiling and one wall are adorned with wooden planks that add to the colonial ambiance. To add to the experience, there are photographs of the meetinghouse in its younger days, showing the members in old-fashioned attire with their horse-and-buggies. This June, the meeting house’s members will be celebrating its 200th anniversary.

The graveyard that is in front of the Cropwell Meeting House is older than than the house itself. It was around before the meeting house was built in 1809. The graveyard is still put in use today, although the amount of space available is diminishing.

The Cropwell Meeting House comes to life as the orthodox members sit in silence and try to understand the message of God. Connie Evans, a birthright member whose family, generations back, were Quakers, said, “There is that of God within each person,” meaning, each person’s way of belief is different.

There are currently 25 total members of the Cropwell Meeting House. The Quaker’s quarterly meeting will be held at the meeting house to commemorate the anniversary and a peace pole will be dedicated on the day of the festivities.

The Quaker population has been decreasing as time has gone on, with many of the members are getting older. Yet, there are still some young members of the Cropwell Meeting House and other Quaker houses in the area.

The 200th anniversary marks the importance that Quakers do not only live in our history textbooks, they live among us.