Step Back in Time to 1850 at Merion Meeting History Festival

Children, Outreach

On Saturday, May 20, Merion Friends Meeting hosted a history festival centered on the years 1820-1850. Inviting visitors to step back in time to 1850, members of the Meeting donned Quaker garb of the period and practiced their plain speech. An estimated 250 guests attended the event, which featured historical exhibits on Quakers and the Anti-Slavery Movement; the Underground Railroad; Quaker Plainness and Quakers, Horses and Carriages. Visitors could take tours of the 1695 Meetinghouse or burying ground, eat period food, have a silhouette made or observe a “quilt turning”. Children enjoyed crafts and games from the early 19th century and took part in a scavenger hunt of historical facts. Because this was the era of the horse and carriage, families could take a carriage ride around the property, observe a blacksmith demonstration and learn about the “Lower Merion Society for the Detection and Prosecution of Horse Thieves and the Recovery of Stolen Horses”. Abolitionist Lucretia Mott, Underground Railroad leader William Still and Merion member Samuel Levick came back from the dead to talk to guests. The Meeting is hopeful that the event will encourage families to attend Meeting for Worship.