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Pilesgrove Orthodox Friends Meetinghouse

Galloway Township, Atlantic County
South Pitney Road
founded 1720, built 1828

The Hicksite schism affected the Woodstown society, as it did most in the state. The Orthodox segment was in the minority so it had to yield the meetinghouse to the Hicksite faction. Orthodox Friends built this small meetinghouse in 1828 on North Main. It was rarely used after 1900, and in 1977 the meeting was laid down and the building was deeded to the Woodstown Meeting. It was later sold and moved to Historic Smithville (Atlantic County), then in 1987 sold to the Friends in Galloway Township, several miles north of Absecon, where it is part of their complex.
It's a frame building with original siding, shutters and front door intact, as far as I can tell. There was a small enclosed porch at one time, and windows high in the gable ends.
Curiously, the Orthodox group was never very large, and its members were scatterd over a wide geographic area, from Penns Neck to Mullica Hill. In two years time, by 1830 the Monthly Meeting was laid down, and responsibility for the Pilesgrove Orthodox Preparative Meeting was transfered to the Salem Orthodox Meeting. In 1903 a elderly woman attended First Day meetings, often with no one else in attendance.