Merion Friends Meeting House

Merion Friends Meeting House in Merion Station, Pennsylvania is the second oldest Friends meeting house in the United states and remains the place of worship of the Merion Monthly Meeting of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The meeting was founded by the first known group of Welsh settlers in the Americas (who arrived in 1682). The meeting house itself was constructed a few years later.

(The name "monthly meeting" reflects the self-governing organization of the Society of Friends. Groups of Quakers who meet each month to conduct business and make decisions regarding their own meetings will meet quarterly with members of other nearby meetings, and will meet yearly with all the Friends in their regional "yearly meeting.")

The meeting house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1999. A preservation campaign is underway to make needed repairs while retaining the original architecture and features.

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