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Sadsbury Friends Meetinghouse

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c. 1737; c. 1760, Joseph Guest, joiner. Simmontown Rd. (PA 2027), 1.8 miles north of Christiana

This unusual square-plan stone meetinghouse with a central door and small windows below a shallow hipped roof is Lancaster County's version of an early building type before the classic double meeting was established. With its upper balcony it may be the closest survivor to the long-demolished Bank Meetinghouse in Philadelphia. A generation after its original construction, a fire caused the renovation of its interior by Guest, a local joiner.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Sadsbury Friends Meetinghouse", [Gap, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 312-312.

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