Crosswicks in Burlington County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Crosswicks Quaker Meeting
Religious Society of Friends
Quakers settled Crosswicks in 1677 and purchased this land toward the end of that century. Friends have worshiped on this site continuously since that time. The smaller building was erected in the mid 1780's for use as a Quaker school and is now used as a First Day (Sunday) school and gathering place.
During the Revolutionary War, the meetinghouse was occupied by both Colonial and British forces, though meetings for worship were still held. Use as a wartime barracks was a challenge to the Quakers, as it was in such contradiction to our peach testimony.
The meetinghouse is in the National Register of Historic Places. With its cedar interior and hand wrought nails, it was built in 1773 at a cost of $3750.
It is the third meetinghouse built on the property, the first having been built of log construction in 1693.
Friends hold, as the basis of our faith, the belief that God endows every human being with a measure of Divine Spirit which may be experienced directly. This is often called the Light Within.
Our manner of worship is an outgrowth of this belief. We gather in quiet assembly, mindful
Quakers today continue to live a witness of simplicity and social consciousness, working for peace and justice among nations and within families.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Peace • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Quakerism series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1677.
Location. 40° 9.109′ N, 74° 38.817′ W. Marker is in Crosswicks, New Jersey, in Burlington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Front Street and Church Street. Located in Chesterfield Township. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chesterfield NJ 08515, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Friends Meeting (within shouting distance of this marker); Crosswicks (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pearl Harbor Memorial Extension (approx. 2 miles away); Bordentown Veteran's Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); George S. Bowers (approx. 2.8 miles away); Richard Watson Gilder House (approx. 3 miles away); Clara Barton (approx. 3.1 miles away); Clara Barton School (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crosswicks.
Also see . . . Crosswicks Friends Meeting. Website homepage (Submitted on September 23, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,218 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 22, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 23, 2010, by Deb Hartshorn of Burlington County, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.