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Latest News: Saving the Meetinghouse
The Committee for the Preservation of the Tuckahoe Neck Quaker Meeting House is now incorporated and is known as the Friends of the Tuckahoe Neck Quaker Meeting House.
Our original plan was to start with the restoration on the west side of the building. The east side was restored in 2019. Restoration plans have expanded to include the three remaining sides. We have received donations from individuals, a religious group, and a DAR Historic Preservation Grant. Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the General Perry Benson Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Because of the age of the building, additional restoration work has come to light and more contributions are needed.
The Friends of the Tuckahoe Neck Quaker Meeting House are planning a Celebration of Thanks and Rededication on the grounds of the Meetinghouse on September 26, 2021 – the two hundred and nineteenth anniversary of the first meeting.
For more information and to join the Friends of the Tuckahoe Neck Quaker Meeting House, please contact Jo Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org
See rare photos here of the interior of the Meetinghouse and details of its exterior.
Emergency repairs in 2019 to weatherproof the exterior.
History of the Meetinghouse
The Neck Meetinghouse was built in 1802 and “laid down”, disbanded in 1897.
The Nicholites originated in Kent County, Delaware. After Joseph Nichohols death in 1770, they began to move into Caroline County. The Quakers and the Nicholites shared at least two other meetinghouses at Northwest Fork (Federalsburg) and Centre (Concord) in Caroline County. Beginning in 1797, as many as 400 Nicholites or “New Quakers” joined the Quakers.
The Quakers operated a school in this building from 1856 to 1858 and from 1877 to 1879 (or maybe 1897).
The “Dunkards” – the Church of the Brethren – established a church for Black citizens at some point in time, and it was a public school one year, 1899 to 1900.
It also served as a barracks for Union Soldiers during the Civil War. It is said the soldiers would leave the building on Sunday so the Quakers could worship.
In 1901, Edward Tylor purchased the building from the Third Haven Meetinghouse in Easton, and it was retained by his heirs until 1949, when it was purchased by the Choptank Electric Cooperative. It stood unused except for one or two homecoming celebrations about 1929 and 1930. There has been no activity in the building since 1930.
[Sources: Jo Ann Staples, Eastern Shore Quaker histories by Dr. Kenneth Carroll, History of Caroline County (1920) ]
Neck Meetinghouse about 1920 (Cochrane, History of Caroline County)
Neck Meetinghouse in 1974 (MHT CAR-36)
Friends of Tuckahoe Neck Quaker Meeting House are appealing to all citizens of the County to assist in this effort. We have developed a multi-facet plan of fundraising, consisting of writing grant proposals, electronic fundraising, and signature fundraising events.
If you would like to assist in this truly worthwhile effort or would like to have more information, please contact Jo Ann Staples at email@example.com.
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Stand in the Place: Where Quakers & Nicholites Stood
In 1974, Denton resident and land historian Eleanor Horsely prepared and submitted documention for the Tuckahoe Neck Meetinghouse to be listed in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Places. She traced the history of the building, transfers of ownership, and physical condition of the building. Read more.
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