Near New Paris in Bedford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Friends Cemetery / The Underground Railroad
Originally 6 acres of ground was purchased from William Webb, Frederick County, Maryland, for 15 shillings per acre, August 30, 1794, by "Members of the Society of People called Quakers to be used as a site for a meeting house and grave-yard."
1884-5 church meeting houses moved into Fishertown.
The Underground Railroad
This Quaker burial ground was used by Dunnings Creek Friends Meeting until 1948. Many buried here were active in the Underground Railroad despite the risks of imprisonment, barn burning or loss of other personal property. Believing in that of God in every person, Quakers aided slaves in their journeys to freedom until the Civil War ended. There is no record of the capture of any slaves while in the care of local friends.
Dunnings Creek Friends Meeting est. 1795
Erected 1967 by Chestnut Ridge Lions Club.
Location. 40° 9.243′ N, 78° 34.964′ W. Marker is near New Paris, Pennsylvania, in Bedford County. Marker is on Quaker Valley Road (Pennsylvania Route 56) 0.1 miles south of Presnell Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Paris PA 15554, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Pleasantville School (approx. 2.6 miles away); Benjamin Walker Homestead (approx. 3.1 miles away); From Motor Camping to Tourist Cabins (approx. 7.6 miles away); Forbes Road (approx. 7.8 miles away); a different marker also named Forbes Road (was approx. 7.8 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Traveling The Highway (approx. 7.8 miles away); Bonnet Tavern (approx. 7.8 miles away); The Beginning of Agricultural Cooperative Extension Service (approx. 8 miles away).
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Churches & Religion • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 24, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 24, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.