Rain or Shine!

Merion Friends Meeting
History Festival
Saturday May  19, 2018
10am - 3pm RAIN OR SHINE

Join us as we explore the lives of Quakers in 1820-1860 in Merion, PA
There will be historic exhibits for the adults,
plenty of fun for the kids, and food for everyone.

map of Merion Friends Meeting History Festival

Merion Friends Meetinghouse

Meeting House Tours

See inside the region's oldest Quaker Meeting House, built in 1695. Hear how Welsh settlers chose and constructed the meetinghouse and how preservation continues today.
Merion Friends Meeting
Burying Ground

Burying Ground Tours

Visit Merion Friends Meeting's historic burying ground and hear how our oldest cherry trees came to be donated to our meeting by the Japanese government.
Quaker wedding couple

Traditional Quaker Wedding

"Friends know that marriage depends on this mutual commitment of the couple and not on any external service or words. Thus, the ceremony in which the couple formally announces this commitment is performed by the couple alone, in the presence of God, the families, and the worshiping community. Both the solemnity and the joy of the occasion are enhanced by its simplicity."

Be a participant in a re-enactment of a Quaker wedding at 1:30 pm in the Meetinghouse.



Rebecca Lukens, Quaker

Historical Re-enactors

Hear the stories of Underground Railroad Agent William Still, abolitionist and suffragette Lucretia Mott, and others. How many locals were slavery sympathizers or not? Were Quakers really pacificists? Is there any truth to the legend of a witch being buried in Merion?


And meet our newest historic figure, Rebecca Lukens



Horse-drawn carriage

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Experience 1850s-style transportation on the Great Conestoga Road -- now known as Montgomery Avenue -- for a small fee.




Children (and adults) may pet and brush ponies.




1840s American cuisine

Antebellum Foods

Handcrafted hot and cold dishes of the 1800s will be available for sale.


Quilt square showing
silhouette of 1840s Quaker family

Textile Display

Quilts and their significance to the period will be presented, as well as clothing styles from the time.
19th century children's

Games and Crafts for Children

Young people will enjoy the "game of graces," rolling a hoop, making a bonnet from paper, and other diversions from the 1850s.  Learn how children entertained themselves without screens.



cut paper silhouette

Silhouette Cutting

Before selfies and the Instax camera, there were silhouette artisans. Capture your loved ones with this timeless craft. 
Blacksmith hammering iron

Blacksmith Demonstration

Watch a blacksmith ply his trade and artistry, just as would have occurred daily at the General Wayne Smithy across the way (now the Krinsky Camp complex). 



Quaker Family

Historic exhibits

There will be a new exhibit on “Quaker Families and Children” in addition to those on Antislavery, the Underground Railroad, Quaker Plainness, Horses and Carriages, and Quaker beliefs in action in the 21st Century. 

... and more!


Merion Friends Meeting

Lower Merion Historical Society

Lower Merion Conservancy

Harriton Plantation of Bryn Mawr

Lower Merion Society for the Detection and Prosecution of Horse Thieves

Township of Lower Merion

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
of the Religious Society of Friends



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