Quaker Wedding at Merion Meeting History Festival


On Saturday, May 19, Abington Friends juniors, Margaret Silbaugh and Lily Ehsani, dressed in the clothes of a Quaker bride and groom circa 1850.  In the Merion Friends meetinghouse, they repeated their vows to each other before a congregation of visitors in modern dress. The wedding of Leonard Brenton and Hannah Roberts was just one of the activities at the Merion Meeting History Festival. Heavy rain hampered attendance at several exhibits on Quaker life 1820-1860, but the wedding, the period food and the carriage ride were popular despite the weather.  Guests also enjoyed indoor activities such as silhouette-cutting, quilt-turning, a Quaker Plainness exhibit and a modern Beliefs-into-Action table.