Haddonfield Meeting House - Haddonfield Historic District - Haddonfield, NJ
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N 39° 54.011 W 075° 01.951
18S E 497220 N 4416678
Quick Description: This meetinghouse was built in 1851. It replaced the 1721 site which was torn down after the 1826 Hicksite controversy split the congregation. Tradition states the bricks from the old meeting were used to construct the cemetery wall along Haddon Ave.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 7/27/2008 1:03:31 PM
Waymark Code: WM4A0Q
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:

Yet another one of these simple churches in West Jersey, known to Quakers as meeting houses. Truly, Quakers were instrumental in the founding and development of Camden and Burlington Counties, NJ. Their influence is still felt today in tradition, customs, institutions and general appearance. What we see today is borne of Quakerism and their beliefs: simplicity, peace, equality and community.

As with most meeting houses in our area, a school was founded so that the citizenry might have an education and advance themselves in all matters especially of a knowledge of the lord and greater understanding of the world around them. Haddonfield Friends school is over 200 years old. Even though Haddonfield is a large town, it still feels like a village thanks to the foresight of residents in the very early 1970s who resisted development and progress. This meeting house is still the center of Haddonfield Village.

This meeting house is the oldest church or building used to conduct worship in Haddonfield.

The following information comes from the nomination form, Created March 16, 1979, evaluated April 18, 1980 and finally approved on July 21, 1982.

Historic Haddonfield Friends School, founded in 1786. Simple colonial 2 story red brick building designed with Quaker simplicity. Portico entrances. Original frame addition in rear, compatible with the streetscape.

Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Haddonfield Historic District

Link to nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

NRHP Historic District Waymark (Optional): [Web Link]

45 Friends Avenue Haddonfield, NJ 08033

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Optional link to narrative or database: Not listed

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