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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Friends Church

Several miles from where we live in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains (Tennessee side of the mountains) is a tiny town that was founded by a colony of Quakers from North Carolina in the 1790s.  

There is a school called Friendsville Academy, but as I am participating in the Inspired Sunday meme I wanted to share photos of just the church.

There's a graveyard behind the church with many headstones so old that the engravings no longer tell the story behind them.  

I like the fact that the town was named for the group of religious settlers and that the church is still standing and having regular services there.

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I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

32 comments:

  1. i love the name. i hope every one is super friendly too. ( :
    have a great weekend.

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    1. We worship elsewhere so not sure if they're friendly.

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  2. We have several Quaker churches in this area of Central New York State. They had a rich antislavery and women's rights history in the 1800s. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  3. What a beautiful church and I thoroughly enjoyed the history :) Thanks for sharing, dear friend. Hugs!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this along with a little bit of history. :-)

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    1. You're welcome, Sally. Thanks for visiting.

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  5. We're not far from Friendsville- thanks for sharing

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    1. If you visit Friendsville, try and find the one traffic light - we couldn't find it, lol.

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  6. I love the weather beaten grave stones.

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  7. I do, too, Cathy. Thanks for visiting.

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  8. What a beautiful old church and grounds! We used to live in an older Quaker town ourselves and I love the quaint look of the buildings. John Greenleaf Whitter and William Penn were names all over the city streets and buildings.

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    1. The town you lived in sounds like a great place to visit.

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  9. Wonder if the place was named after the Newbury near me in the UK. Good to see it is in use, I wonder about some of the ones over here.

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  10. This is a beautiful place. I am learning much more about TN and like what I'm finding. Have you ever spent time in a cemetery reading headstones? To us ( and when our children were young), we'd spend time talking about eternity and it became more real to us that 'tis one life, t'will soon be past; only what done for Christ will last'. I hope you have a blessed and restfully productive week, sweet friend! Stay safe in Jesus!

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  11. How interesting! I didn't know Quakers had churches. I live in an area of Ontario (Canada) settled by Quakers and they had meeting houses. No spires. :) So I learned something new.

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  12. Thanks for sharing the photos and history, Toni. I know that you and I have discussed Friendsville in the past, but your post with visuals helps me "see" it better.What a wonderful place!

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  13. Awesome pictures of such a beautiful historic church.

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  14. That is nice. I like the old graveyard !

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  15. Interesting story. Did you know that many Quakers moved west from Virginia and the Carolinas in order to get away from the awful tradition of slavery? Some of them took slaves with them and freed them in Ohio.

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  16. Wow! What fantastic photos of this fabulous, beautiful, old Friends Church. What a history of the Quakers. Wow! That is a fabulous old graveyard. Awesome photos of this lovely church!

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  17. I'm sure it is a lovely town. It certainly has a wonderful name and your photographs are beautiful.

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  18. Wonderful photos and so very interesting.

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  19. Your photos and info on the beautiful old building are wonderful. What a great idea, "Inspired Sunday".

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  20. I wonder how many Friendsville there are in the US. There is a Friendsville in Garrett County, Maryland, with a very small population. We pass by it whenever we go to Deep Creek Lake.

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  21. I love that area. I would especially love to attend that church. Thank you for the photos!

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  22. Thank you very much for visiting my blog. I love this posting of the beautiful Friends Church. I would love to attend this awesome church.

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  23. Hello from Michigan, I can hardly believe I have missed several postings. Very sad face. What a lovely story about the Friend's Church. Neat I think I would love to attend a church like this. Love your cabbage posting. What a grand idea. BUT it does not surprise me you are so creative in everything you do. Hugs Judy

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