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Friends Meeting at Cropwell
Cropwell (Marlton), Burlington County

The Cropwell meetinghouse is located three-quarters of a mile west of the intersection of routes 70 and 73, near Marlton. The small brick building (35 x 60) was erected in 1809, according to the plaque on the wall, or in 1816, according to Woodward's History of Burlington and Mercer Counties (1883). The two sources also differ on the founding date, with Woodward asserting 1760 and the Society itself claiming 1786. In any case, the building is in fine condition and listed on the National Register.
     There is a burial ground in the front of the building and the ever-present sycamore trees, a staple of Quaker meetinghouses, it seems.
Peering in the windows I found that half the interior (Quakers traditionally separated the men and women with a moveable partition) was set up informally and the other half in traditional manner; even the pews/benches were standard and perhaps date back to the early nineteenth century.




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