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Loudoun Quakers, Abolition, and the Underground Railroad

  • Goose Creek Friends Meeting 18204 Lincoln Road Purcellville, VA, 20132 United States (map)

Our program begins at the 200 year old Goose Creek Meetinghouse with Dr. Glenn Crothers, author of Quakers Living in the Lion’s Mouth, The Society of Friends in Northern Virginia, 1730-1865. Dr. Crothers will speak on the topic of Northern Virginia Quakers, abolitionism, and the Underground Railroad. Eric Larson from the Loudoun County     Courthouse will also be on hand with copies of County court documents, including papers found on fugitive bondsman ‘Harry’ which led to the 1828 arrest of Quaker Yardley Taylor. Also on display will be copies of the 1849 court documents from the arrest of prominent Quaker Samuel Janney.

Following Dr. Crothers’ talk we will tour ‘Springdale,’ the home of Samuel and Elizabeth Janney. Known as a “loyalfighter for the mistreated,” Janney operated a girls boarding school at Springdale in the decades leading up to the Civil War. The home was also long rumored to be a stop on the Underground Railroad and during the war it saw use as ahospital for men on both sides. In more recent times Springdale has become a popular Bed and Breakfast.

Directly across from the meeting house is theGoose Creek burial ground, where Yardley   Taylor, Samuel Janney, and other Quakersactive in the abolitionist movement are buried.  Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the 1815 Oakdale schoolhouse, a         one-room school that served the Quaker and African-American communities in Lincoln.

Refreshments will be available following the house tour.

Tickets are $30 for MHAA members and $40 for non-members and can be purchased below or by calling (540) 687-6681. 

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