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Near Quaker City in Guernsey County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Richland Friends Meeting House

 
 
Richland Friends Meeting House Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2021
1. Richland Friends Meeting House Marker, side one
Inscription.  Congregations of the Religous Society of Friends (Quakers), called “meetings,” worshipped in plain meeting houses. On this site stood the last Richland Friends Meeting House, built in 1872. Ninety-four Friends established the meeting in 1826 and it endured for 147 years. The cemetery is where many generations of members of this meeting are buried. The faith, based on pacifism and simplicity, blossomed in the region during the first half of the 19th century.

Quaker families, mostly from southern states, came to this area in the early 1800s to live in a land free from slavery. In 1809, the Friends established the Leatherwood Meeting, which was reorganized in 1826 as the Richland Meeting. The meeting split in an ideological dispute. The “Hicksites”—followers of Elias Hicks—occupied the meeting house at Quaker City, so Orthodox Friends established their meeting here in 1828. By the early 1970s most members had moved away or died. The meeting was “laid down” (closed) in 1973 and the building was razed in 1989. The Stillwater Monthly Meeting of Friends in Barnesville maintains
Richland Friends Meeting House Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2021
2. Richland Friends Meeting House Marker, side two
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the grounds.
 
Erected 2017 by STillwater Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 6-30.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
 
Location. 39° 58.07′ N, 81° 16.029′ W. Marker is near Quaker City, Ohio, in Guernsey County. Marker is on Shannon Run Road (County Route 949) 0.3 miles north of Leatherwood Road (Ohio Route 265), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 60087 Shannon Run Rd, Quaker City OH 43773, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Legion Post 168 Veterans Memorial (approx. 4½ miles away); VFW Post 2792 Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.9 miles away); B&O Railroad Tunnel (approx. 5 miles away); Barnesville Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Village Bell (approx. 5.1 miles away); September 11, 2001 (approx. 5.1 miles away); Barnesville War Memorial (approx. 5.1 miles away); Governor Wilson Shannon 1802-1877 / Barnesville’s Shannon Family (approx. 5.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry for Elias Hicks. Excerpt:
Elias Hicks (1748–1830) was a traveling
Richland Friends Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2021
3. Richland Friends Meeting House Marker
Quaker minister from Long Island, New York. In his ministry he promoted unorthodox doctrines that led to controversy, which caused the second major schism within the Religious Society of Friends in 1827, the first being the schism caused by George Keith in 1691.
(Submitted on April 13, 2021.) 
 
Richland Friends Meeting House Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2021
4. Richland Friends Meeting House Cemetery
Richland Friends Meeting House image. Click for full size.
Close up of photo reproduced on marker
5. Richland Friends Meeting House
Image is undated and not captioned.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 13, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.   5. submitted on April 14, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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