Friendswood was founded in 1895 along lower Clear Creek by members of the Estacado Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends, a congregation of Quaker farming families who had come to Texas from the Midwest. The opening of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center ( AT27) seven miles to the east in 1963 transformed the community. Between 1970 and 2000, its population increased more than tenfold. The Friendswood Friends Church, the Society of Friends' meetinghouse at 502 S. Friendswood Drive (1949, Henry A. Stubee), stakes out the nucleus of the historic community; it is now used as a chapel following construction of a larger meetinghouse in 1998.
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