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Providence Quaker Cemetery and Chapel

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1895. PA 4036 and PA 4038, 2.5 miles southwest of Perryopolis

This small, rectangular, gable-roofed building commemorates the home of the Providence Meeting of the Society of Friends. The meetinghouse is on the site of a log meetinghouse of 1789 that was replaced by a 1793 stone meetinghouse. By 1893, the stone meetinghouse was in disrepair, and its ruins were used to construct this three-bay structure that has exterior chimneys at the gable ends. The central entrance leads into a single large room that provided a chapel for burials and a refuge for mourning relatives. The stone is laid irregularly, and there are large, almost rudimentary, quoins at the corners. A metal standing-seam roof shelters the structure. The barred windows originally were covered by wooden shutters. The cemetery contains the remains of approximately five hundred Society of Friends members, many in unmarked graves. The site has a dramatic view of the countryside.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "Providence Quaker Cemetery and Chapel", [Perryopolis, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-FA19.

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Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 250-250.

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