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Arney's Mount Friends Meetinghouse
Arney's Mount, Springfield Township, Burlington County

The solid stone building still houses an occasional meeting of Quakers in the area. It was built in 1775 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The application for Register status lists Samuel Smith as builder.
     There is no village nearby, but several early meetinghouses were built at a convenient crossroads, more-or-less equidistant from all members. There is a large burial grounds to the side of this building.
     Woodward & Hageman's History of Burlington County (1883) notes that early meetings in the area were held in a shoolhouse at Caleb's Corner. It was not until 1776, however, that a Preparative Meeting was established here. In 1783 there were four Preparative Meetings that composed the Upper Springfield Monthly Meeting—in Mansfield, Arneytown, Upper Freehold, and Upper Springfield. Each of these had a membership of nearly two hundred fifty. Arney's Mount Meeting had already been in existence for some years, as there are records indicating that Friends belonging to the upper part of the Mount Holly meeting applied for a weekly meeting by 1743.




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