Pioneers in asserting the right to religious freedom, the Caroline Friends (Quakers) held their first meeting nearby on 12 March 1739 together with their partner, Cedar Creek Friends Meeting of Hanover County. At a meeting on 9 May 1767, members issued a call to their fellow Quakers to end slaveholding, the first such movement in Virginia. The Friends' testimony against slavery contributed to declining membership as many immigrated west to free states. The Caroline Friends continued to use their meetinghouse and burying ground until 1853. They then joined Cedar Creek and ultimately became Richmond Friends Meeting.
Geographic Location: Caroline County
Physical Description of Location: Ruther Glen, VA 22546. Located on Jefferson Davis Hwy (Hwy 1), less than 1/5 of a mile north of the intersection of Jefferson Davis Hwy (Hwy 1) and Golansville Road (Rt. 601). Marker is on the left when traveling north on Jefferson Davis Hwy (Hwy 1).
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