Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse
They left homes in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, where nearby Underground Railroad routes made clear the human cost of slavery and its violation of Friends’ principles of equality and non-violence.
Seeking to uphold Quaker belief there is “that of God” in everyone, the settlement’s spiritual leaders envisioned a community of small farms operating without slave labor as an alternative to Virginia’s plantation culture.
The Quakers’ agricultural practices and employment of free labor succeeded. Their farms, mills, schools, and this meetinghouse established a thriving community, shared with free black landowners and like-minded Abolitionists such as the Woodlawn Baptists.
Throughout the Civil War, Friends continued to worship in this meeting house,
The community remained into the 20th century, guided by Friends’ principles of peace and community service. However, with World War I, the United States Army began to absorb Woodlawn’s farmland, eventually creating Fort Belvoir. This “Quaker Plain Style” meetinghouse today continues as an active place of worship, home of the Alexandria Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.
Location. 38° 42.849′ N, 77° 8.463′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Woodlawn Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8990 Woodlawn Road, Fort Belvoir VA 22060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Woodlawn Historic District (here, next to this marker); Alexandria, Mt. Vernon, and Accotink Turnpike (approx. ¼ mile away); Belvoir (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Belvoir (approx. ¼ mile away); Necessary (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dairy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Meat House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The People of Woodlawn (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Belvoir.
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