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Mansfield Friends
Mansfield Township, Burlington County


I am sure this is the original Mansfield meetinghouse, built about 1783. The first meetinghouse in Mansfield was a frame building, and this looks very much like the early meetinghouse in Upper Springfield, built in 1727, near Wrightstown. In 1812 (or 1818) it was moved a few yards to accommodate a new large brick meetinghouse. Both are located on Route 206, but there is no sign announcing either.
     Woodward & Hageman's History of Burlington County (1883) notes that early meetings in the area were held in various homes (the book mentions several names) until 1783 when four Preparative Meetings were established—in Mansfield, Arneytown, Upper Freehold, and Upper Springfield. Each of these had a membership of nearly two hundred fifty. It appears there were two meetings in the township at that time, Mansfield and Lower Mansfield.




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