Have you ever experienced something miraculous yet inevitable, like the opening of a bud into flower? We have. So, at the end of a busy and exciting year, we are not at all surprised at the amazing things that have happened this year with the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse. Historically, a unique confluence of energies came together in the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse. Seneca leaders such as Seneca White came here to develop plans to save Seneca lands in western New York. Abolitionists and Underground Railroad activists such as Frederick Douglass spoke in this Meetinghouse. So did women’s rights advocates such as Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony.
Historic energies are bubbling up again. Most wonderfully, this Meetinghouse is—at last—well on its way toward final stabilization and eventual preservation. With the help of one of the country’s premier historic preservation firms (John G. Waite Associates), Wolfe Brothers Building Movers stabilized and enclosed the building. They will move the Meetinghouse next summer to a site across the road, still within the Farmington Quaker Crossroads Historic District, to be donated by the current Farmington Friends Meeting.
We are grateful to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Foundation for working so hard to save this building. This year, we also formed a new not-for-profit organization, the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, to work jointly with the Stanton Foundation.
We are delighted with this progress. We are also immensely grateful for the financial support that has made this possible—from the National Park Service’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund, Preservation League of New York State, Rochester Area Community Foundation, Farmington Friends Meeting, Canandaigua National Bank, and so many of you. You have contributed so much—in money, time, and sustaining energy—from your hearts.
To finish stabilizing and moving this Meetinghouse, we have committed ourselves to raise $76,000 from private sources this year to match federal and state funds. All donations (including pledges and appreciated securities) are much appreciated. Donations may be sent to the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse, P.O. Box 25053, Farmington, New York 14425 or donated on Visa or MasterCard through this website ».
With grateful hearts,
1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse Steering Committee
Judith Wellman, Director
Historical New York Research Associates
Professor Emerita, SUNY Oswego
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