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Philadelphia Sights

Free Quaker Meeting House

  • 500 Arch St. Map It
  • Old City
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 05/19/2011

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This was the house of worship for the Free "Fighting" Quakers, a group that broke away from the Society of Friends to take up arms against the British during the Revolutionary War. The building was designed in 1783 by Samuel Wetherill, one of the original leaders of the group, after they were disowned by their pacifist brothers. Among the 100 members were Betsy Ross (then Elizabeth Griscom) and Thomas Mifflin, a signer of the Constitution. After the Free Quaker group dissolved

(many left to become Episcopalian), the building was used as a school, library, and warehouse. The meeting house, built in the Quaker plain style with a brick front and gable roof, has been carefully restored.

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500 Arch St., at 5th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Wed.–Sun. 10–4

Updated 05/19/2011


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Oct 19, 2008

OK, but not as essential as Arch Street House

Another historic Quaker house of worship. Nice to see, and easy to include on a walk in this area, but not as essential as the Arch Street Meeting House.

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