Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

New Jersey Historic Trust Affiliated with the Department of Community Affairs

Friends Meeting House

New Jersey Historic Preservation Bond Program
Preserve New Jersey Historic Preservation Fund
Capital Level I
Capital Level II
Grant Award: $23,363 (1991); $143,844 (2019)
Grant Recipient: Friends Meeting House Association
County: Morris
Municipality: Randolph

The Friends Meeting House is listed on the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places as a representative example of a simple, one-room meetinghouse with an upstairs gallery.  The building was constructed circa 1758 to serve an established community of Quakers in what is now Randolph Township.  The meeting house retains an exceptionally high degree of integrity, including oak floors kept in place with wooden pegs and simple 10-foot pews.  A small, 1920s building now known as the annex was moved to the site in 1965.    

The Trust grant will help fund parking and site upgrades, stone wall repairs, ADA accessibility, grading, landscaping, and exterior restoration. The 2019 Trust grant helped fund roof replacement and asbestos abatement.  The 1992 Trust grant funded structural stabilization and electrical upgrading for the structure. 

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