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Arch Street Friends Meeting House, in Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, is a Friends Meeting House of the Religious Society of Friends . It is the oldest meetinghouse of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) still in use in the United Statesmarker 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. 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:

References

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.


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