The Providence Meeting (locally known as the "Quaker Church") was a branch of Redstone Monthly Meeting, and received a charter for a "Preparative Meeting " in 1789, and was fully recognized and established in 1817. The most active period of the Providence Meeting appears to have been from the date of organization until about 1832. A gradual loss of vitality set in after this time. Hinshaw states that death and removals caused the membership to be so reduced in number that the remaining members were transferred to Redstone Meeting at Brownsville between 1832 and 1870, and on 12 Mar 1872, Louis Cope and Samuel C. Gilbert for $1787 sold to Samuel Strickler, a tract of land called "Barkway, containing 15 acres, situate in Providence, Perry Twp, adacent to the land of Benjamine Brown, excepting one acre containing a graveyard and meeting house (Fayette Co, PA, Deed book 25, p148)
By 1893 the empty stone building of 1795 was in disrepair. Mrs. Elma Cope Binns and associates set about the construction of a memorial building on the place where the Providence Meeting house stood. The stone and other materials remaining from the old structure were used to erect a building of a somewhat reduced size. According to Hinshaw, this reconstruction was carried out in 1895 by Mrs. Mary Binns, a descendent of the early Quakers.
In 1997, this building and cemetery were added to the National Register of Historic Places (#97001243)
GPS Coordinates: 40.07281, -79.78228
- Added: 5 Feb 2007
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2205620
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