Photos are in from this month's special event, Loudoun Quakers, Abolition, and the Underground Railroad event in Lincoln, Virginia. We had an amazing turnout of over 120 guests - I'm pretty sure there wasn't a place to park in the whole village! Inside the 1817 Goose Creek meeting house our guests were treated to several talks: Carolyn Ungar spoke on the history of the congregation and the meeting house, Eric Larson visited from the Loudoun County Courthouse to talk about using court documents to research slavery, and Dr. A. Glenn Crothers of the University of Louisville described the role played by Loudoun Quakers in the Abolitionist movement.
Following the talks guests were able to explore the 1815 Oakdale school and the Quaker burying ground before heading to Springdale for refreshments. Springdale was built in the 1830s for prominent Quaker leader Samuel Janney, and it once housed a school and a Civil War hospital. The home is currently the site of the Springdale Village Inn, a Bed & Breakfast. Guests explored the house as well as the exquisitely landscaped grounds. A huge thanks to the Goose Creek Friends and the Springdale Village Inn for making the event possible! Thanks also to Chuck Pellerin for sharing his wonderful photographs!