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Merion Friends History Festival

  • Date: 05/20/2017 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM  
  • Location: Merion Friends Meeting House
    615 Montgomery Avenue
    Merion Station, Pennsylvania 19066
  • Introduction: Merion Friends Meeting, LM Historical Society & LM Conservancy have partnered on this family-oriented festival.

Merion Friends Meeting, the Lower Merion Historical Society and the Lower Merion Conservancy have partnered to present this family-oriented festival focused on Lower Merion in the period 1820-1860, when horses were key to the local economy and Quakers played a significant role in the community.

The festival is FREE and open to the public. Step into the year 1850 when you enter the campus of Merion Friends Meeting at 615 Montgomery Avenue in Merion on Saturday May 20, 2017 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Learn about the key role of horses in Lower Merion at this time and about the challenges to simplicity-loving Quakers presented by growing wealth.  There will be re-enactors in period garb, a blacksmith demonstration, a quilt turning and period crafts and games for children. Visitors may also take tours of both the Meetinghouse, which dates to 1695, and the burying ground, oldest in the area.  Hand-cut silhouettes and horse-drawn carriage rides will be available for a fee and visitors may purchase hot and cold food from the period. 

In response to this year’s One Book, One Lower Merion selection,  "The Underground Railroad," by Colson Whitehead, and other popular media, there has been renewed interest in the journeys of enslaved people and the Underground Railroad. Festival exhibits will include Quakers’ roles in the American abolitionist movement and the Underground Railroad as well as the role of horses and carriages in Lower Merion then; and Quaker dress in the early nineteenth century.

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(Information courtesy of the Lower Merion Historical Society.) 

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