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Suffolk, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Somerton Friends Meeting

 
 
Somerton Friends Meeting Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, November 6, 2017
1. Somerton Friends Meeting Marker
Inscription. George Fox, founder of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), visited this area in 1672 during a missionary journey to Virginia and North Carolina. His visit encouraged Friends who had settled nearby and led to the organization of Somerton Friends Meeting. Members conducted worship in private homes and later built a meetinghouse three miles southwest of here. The Somerton meetinghouse, along with a nearby school for African Americans, was burned in 1866. The congregation constructed its current building on the same site in 1869. Somerton is the oldest active Quaker meeting in Virginia.
 
Erected 2015 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number U-57.)
 
Location. 36° 42.056′ N, 76° 42.074′ W. Marker is in Suffolk, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of Holland Road (U.S. 58) and Lummis Road, on the right when traveling north on Holland Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Suffolk VA 23434, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Ruritan Club (approx. 4.6 miles away); Booker T. Washington High School (approx. 6 miles away); Isle of Wight County / Nansemond County
The obverse of "Somerton Friends Meeting" faces south. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, November 6, 2017
2. The obverse of "Somerton Friends Meeting" faces south.
The viewer is looking north. Pictured left is Holland Road (U.S. Route 58), and a street sign for Lummis Road is pictured at the right.
(approx. 6.6 miles away); Mr. Peanut (approx. 6.7 miles away); Civil War Cavalry Skirmish (approx. 6.8 miles away); Old City Hall Bell (approx. 6.8 miles away); Obici-Oderzo Fountain Marker (approx. 6.9 miles away); The Site of the First Church (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Suffolk.
 
Also see . . .  The Unveiling of the Marker ("Pilotonline" news article). (Submitted on November 19, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.)
 
Additional keywords. Chuckatuck Meeting, Dissenters, Nansemond County; religious persecution, religious refugees, Richard Bennett; Seekers, William Edmundson (William Edmondson), William Penn
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches & ReligionEducationSettlements & Settlers
 
The reverse of "Somerton Friends Meeting" faces north. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, November 6, 2017
3. The reverse of "Somerton Friends Meeting" faces north.
The view here is a southward one.
Present-day Somerton Friends Meeting House. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, November 16, 2017
4. Present-day Somerton Friends Meeting House.
Located on Quaker Drive near its intersection with Box Elder Road, this house sits on a small hill. The sign in a black frame posted left of the door, reads: “Somerton Friends Meeting. Sunday School 10 A.M. Worship 11 A.M. Est. 1672”. A commemorative plaque hangs at the right. See the separate photo of it.
A closeup of the commemorative plaque. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, November 16, 2017
5. A closeup of the commemorative plaque.
The embossment on this plaque reads: (seal) “Colonial Dames XVII Century.” (inscription) “Somerton Friends Meeting. Established in 1672. Oldest active Quaker Meeting in Virginia. Marked by the Suffolk Chapter, National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century. 2016.”
Another building at Somerton Friends Meeting site. image. Click for full size.
By Cynthia L. Clark, November 16, 2017
6. Another building at Somerton Friends Meeting site.
This building stands adjacent to the meeting house (left). It wears the street number of 5239 but no other identifying signage. A playground area, however, is in its backyard.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Last updated on November 19, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 7, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia.   4, 5, 6. submitted on November 19, 2017, by Cynthia L. Clark of Suffolk, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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