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John Woolman Memorial House records


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

Founded by Amelia Mott Gummere in 1915, the John Woolman Memorial Association operates a historic house in Mount Holly, New Jersey, located where John Woolman's apple orchard once stood. At the time, historic houses were proliferating in honor of military heroes, and Amelia felt the need for a memorial to a man of peace.

From 1916 to 1939, the house operated as a tea house and bed and breakfast that offered simple country living. The garden and orchards provided fresh fruits and vegetables in season. Visitors often canoed on the Rancocas, and enjoyed quilting or apple butter parties. In 1939, the effects of the Depression were felt, and not enough contributions were raised to keep the teahouse open. A family of German refugees was given shelter there, and then a Chinese family. The Memorial was not open again to the public until 1942. It was re-opened by the John Woolman Memorial Association.

This collection is comprised of the correspondence, financial records, notes, and photographs of the John Woolman Memorial House.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed February, 2016.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
February, 2016
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1940-1942.
Box 22 Folder 1
Scope and Content note

Typed correspondence of the John Woolman Memorial Association.

Financial records, 1930.
Box 22 Folder 2
Scope and Content note

Printed receipts.

Notes, 1924-1942.
Box 22 Folder 3
Scope and Content note

Typed notes of the John Woolman Memorial Association's annual reports.

Photographs, Undated.
Box 22 Folder 4
Scope and Content note

Photographs and film negatives of the John Woolman Memorial House.

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