Westfield Friends Meeting House (1859) - Cinnaminson, NJ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
N 39° 59.763 W 074° 59.560
18S E 500625 N 4427318
Quick Description: The original building was built in 1859 and finished in 1860. A new building was built in 1963 to replace the original, which is now in use as a preschool.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 2/28/2012 8:52:11 PM
Waymark Code: WMDW28
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 3

Long Description:

Welcome to the Westfield Friends Complex. I walked around this area on a Saturday when I knew it would be closed so I could get a complete lay of the land. The original meetinghouse was built in 1800 and of course burned right to the ground. A new one was made in the same year it burned, 1859 and finished the following year. There is a big date stone on the northeastern side, way at the top. It is a polished stone inset flush into the brick. The year 1859 is incised in the smooth stone. It looks like marble. I do not think granite can shine up like that and have the marbling I saw in the stone.

If facing the original meetinghouse, look to the left and there is another meetinghouse, the modern one. That structure bears a 1963 stone on the front or northwestern face. This is the meetinghouse that is used today. There is a peace pole in back of the newer meetinghouse.

The original meetinghouse (this waymark) comes from the 19th century meeting house mold which every other West Jersey and Bucks County, PA . It is of brick, with a stone foundation (vernacular), little wooden awnings or roofs over the entrance which are wooden doors, white shuttered windows and the ubiquitous date stone. The meetinghouse is in excellent condition. There is a large grassy area to the north leading to the highway. To the rear left or southwest is a huge, expansive graveyard with a collection of modest stones. There are about 1,200 graves. The cemetery extends way back to the school.

The school is to the far south southwest or left of the original meetinghouse. It too has its own meetinghouse making the sum of Quaker worship houses at 3 in this complex.

I found a nice narrative from the Westfield site:

In 1785 Land on Riverton Road valued at "Six Pounds, Hard Money" was bought and a stone building was erected. This building was used for Sunday worship until 1799 when more land was acquired. Once part of the land owned by Thomas Lippincott - this was called his "West Field" - hence, the name which remains today. The meeting house built on this spot in 1800 continued until 1859 when it was destroyed by fire. That same year, the brick meeting house was built and the trees planted. Completion was April 13,1860, the date of the firing on Fort Sumter, the event that was to lead to the Civil War.

Monies realized from the sale of additional land were used to construct a new building adjacent to the original one. The old building continues as an annex to the school while the new meeting house is used for all worship and social functions.

Friends have historically felt that education was a cornerstone, an integral part of any foundation. The present Westfield Friends School had its beginnings in the home of Abraham Warrington, near Fork Landing on the Pennsauken Creek in 1785. With the exception of three years from 1905- 1907, the school has been continually active since 1795. The present building dates from 1840 and has been enlarged five times.

I found another reference to the meetinghouse and friend's complex HERE: Abraham Warrington’s School established in 1788 has been preserved as the office of the school Headmaster. Some of the trees on the property were planted in 1861 at time of firing on Ft. Sumpter. Alice Paul, women’s suffragist, herself a Quaker from Mount Laurel, is buried in the cemetery.

Web Address: [Web Link]

Physical Address:
2201 Riverton Road
Cinnainson, NJ USA
08077


Year Built: 1859-1860

Still in Use?: Nope. Annex to the school; used as a preschool

Hours of Worship: Not Listed

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