Shrewsbury, NJ – To celebrate their 350th anniversary in the area, and 200 years in the current meetinghouse, Shrewsbury Quakers are holding a free open house on April 30 and May 1. The event is included as part of the Monmouth County Historical Association’s “A Weekend in Old Monmouth” tour. In addition to guided and self-guided tours, this year Shrewsbury Quakers will offer free light refreshments and a free picnic lunch, weather permitting. “We participate in the tour every year,” says Alan Brenner, Clerk of Shrewsbury Friends Meeting. “This year, to celebrate the faith’s three and half centuries in the area, we wanted to add something special for our guests.”
The current meetinghouse, at the northeast corner of Sycamore and Route 35 in Shrewsbury, has been in active use since 1816. There actually have been at least three Quaker meetinghouses in the area, going back to 1672. Quakers, also called Friends, have been in the area since 1665.
The ongoing restoration of the meetinghouse draws scores of visitors every year, as do the Weekend in Old Monmouth tours, and other similar events. Quakers still worship there every Sunday at 10:30 am, and regularly welcome visitors for worship and other activities. Visitors’ parking is available behind the meetinghouse via a driveway opening from Sycamore Ave.
The Weekend in Old Monmouth is an annual event where 44 Monmouth sites invite visitors to tour without charge. This year the tour is being held Saturday, April 30, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, May 1, from noon to 5 pm. For more information about the tours and/or a pdf, go to https://co.monmouth.nj.us/page.aspx?ID=3464. Hard copies of the booklet are also available at the venues.
For more information about Shrewsbury Friends go to http://www.shrewsburyquakers.org