North Carolina Friends Historical Society is looking forward to the following events in 2022.
Note: some event dates are TBD, but will be updated here and appear on our events calendar here.

Quakerism in North Carolina 1672-2022: Commemorating our 350-Year Heritage

May 28, 2022

The New Garden/Guilford College Community Alliance will host a tour featuring the historic African-American community of Woodyside.  At 9:00 a.m. Max L Carter will introduce the story of John, Mary and Waldo Woody at their graves in the New Garden Friends Cemetery, 801 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC.

The tour group will then drive to the Woodyside community on Hibler Road for a brief walking tour.   At 11:00 a.m. the group will assemble at Persimmon Grove AME Church at 403 Dolley Madison Road for a conversation with long-time Woodyside residents  –  Theresa Meacham and Gertrude Upperman.

May 30, 2022

Max Carter will lead a tour of the historic New Garden Friends graveyard at 10:00 a. m. on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.  In addition to visiting the mass grave of soldiers who fell in the Revolutionary War “Battle of New Garden”, 1781, the graves of those whose lives were dedicated to working for justice and peace will be highlighted.  Of special interest will be connections in the burial ground with the history of the first Quaker communities in eastern North Carolinas 350 years ago.  The book “Tales from the New Garden Friends Graveyard” chronicling 46 individual and events in the burial ground will be available for sale.


Somerton Friends Meeting: 350th Anniversary Celebrations

September 25, 2022

Somerton Friends Meeting in Suffolk, Virginia will celebrate its 350th anniversary Sept. 25.

The following event dates are TBD:

  • “A reading of Josephine Rhoades Davis’ 1929 play, “Our Legacy: A Tribute to George Fox and William Edmundson”, written on the occasion of the dedication of a marker in Hertford, Perquimans County, in honor of the Edmundson/Fox visit.
  • An original play about the Edmundson/Fox visit by playwright and orchardist Frank Levering, in cooperation with the Theatre Studies Department of Guilford College.
  • A speaker, Noeleen McIlvenna, author of a book on the Albemarle Region in the late 1600’s at Guilford College in the fall.