“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
South Plainfield in Middlesex County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Quaker Meeting House

Quaker Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 7, 2016
1. Quaker Meeting House Marker
Inscription.  The first European settlers in this area were members of the Society of Friends (Quakers), who came from the regions around the cities of Edinburgh and Aberdeen in Scotland. Encouraged by the East Jersey Board of Proprietors, they made their homes along the Cedar Brook in the early 1680s. In 1736, a meeting house was constructed and a cemetery was established here on land donated to the Society of Friends by John Laing, a local Quaker landowner. American soldiers were said to have been quartered in the meeting house in the winter of 1777 during the Revolutionary War. The property remained in use until 1788 when, needing a larger meeting house, the Quakers moved to a site on what is now Watchung Avenue in the City of Plainfield. There it remains to this day.

This Historic Marker is a gift to the people to South Plainfield from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, 2009.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial EraWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Quakerism ⛪ series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1680.

Quaker Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 7, 2016
2. Quaker Meeting House Marker
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40° 35.375′ N, 74° 24.233′ W. Marker is in South Plainfield, New Jersey, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Cady Lane. The marker is on the grounds of the South Plainfield Community Pool. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Plainfield NJ 07080, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Police Athletic League Memorial Field (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church of South Plainfield (approx. 0.8 miles away); Plainfield Garden Club (approx. 1.2 miles away); Samptown Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Oak Tree Neighborhood (approx. 1.7 miles away); Oak Tree Pond (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Reuben Ayers House (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Oak Tree Engagement and the Battle of the Short Hills (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Plainfield.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 17, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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