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Mansfield Friends
Mansfield Township, Burlington County

    

The meetinghouse is located on Route 206 but easy to miss because it is set back from the road and there is no sign. Once you notice it, of course, it is unmistakably a Quaker meetinghouse. There is a stone inset on the upper story with the date 1818. Woodward & Hageman's History of Burlington County (1883) uses the date of 1812; they also note that early meetings in the area were held in various homes (the book mentions several names) until 1783 when four Preparative Meetings were established—in Mansfield, Arneytown, Upper Freehold, and Upper Springfield. Each of these had a membership of nearly two hundred fifty. It appears there were two meetings in the township at that time, Mansfield and Lower Mansfield.
      The original meetinghouse in Mansfield was erected, presumably about 1783, as a frame building, then in 1812 (or 1818) moved a few yards to accommodate this brick building and converted for residential use. The original meetinghouse still exists.

 

 

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