Discoveries around Woodlawn
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While looking at National Register historic site documentation posted on the Virginia Department of Historic Resources web site, I found a nearby register site I had not visited: Woodlawn Quaker Meeting House. (I use the valuable historic register application information found on the NRHP and Virginia DHR sites to document my photos.) Anyway, I decided I would pay a call this Sunday afternoon. Afternoon should be well afer their 11:00 a.m. service. For though this structure dates to 1856, it is an active place of worship. The Woodlawn Quaker Meting was established in the 1840s when a group of Quakers from Pennsylvania purchased Woodlawn Plantation. (See my accompaning review.) They initially met in the mansion, but soon built their own church, or meeting house, and subdivided the plantation lands into farms.
Arriving at Woodlawn Road off Righmond Highway (US 1), I noted the meeting house is the only structure accesible form this road. The street has otherwise been blocked off to pevent access to adajcent Fort Belvoir. As I walked up to the meeting house, a member of the congreation was occupied in gardening. The young woman introduced herself as Elizabeth and offered to show me around the property. I told her I liked to photograph historic sites and was here to take photos. She told me of the history of the meeting house, of which all the congregants must be aware, and pointed out the Civil War graffiti on the wooden exterior walls. She said that the Quakers, opposed to slavery, welcomed the Union troops to their church.
Elizabeth had to go and left me to take my photos. Please enjoy them.