New Garden Meeting House, 1869. Original watercolor by John B. Collins.
[Digital image by the Friends Historical Collection, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC. Those wishing to use this image for web sites or other forms of publication should contact the Friends Historical Collection at Guilford College for permission. Use of this image does not imply affiliation with or endorsement by the Friends Historical Collection or Guilford College.]

Guilford Area Quaker History
from the History of Guilford County, North Carolina,
by the Guilford County Bicentennial Commission

Excerpts from Hinshaw’s Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy
Foreword, Introduction, Abbreviations, and the introductory paragraphs for
Guilford County meetings, and associated meetings nearby.
***Reading these sections is essential to understanding the Hinshaw abstracts!

Quaker Dates



Quaker Meetings in the area, from Hinshaw

New Garden Friends Meeting, Greensboro

Centre Friends Meeting, Greensboro

Dover Friends Meeting — Greensboro; laid down (discontinued)

First Friends Meeting, Greensboro — first called Greensboro Friends Meeting

Deep River Friends Meeting, High Point

Springfield Friends Meeting, High Point

Cane Creek Monthly Meeting, Snow Camp, Chatham County, NC
Cane Creek, founded 1751 in Old Orange County, was the “mother” of New Garden, Centre, Spring, Deep River, Rocky River, Holly Spring, and Edward Hill meetings, and it gave initial permission for Back Creek Meeting.

Hopewell Friends Meeting (no website currently) – 2244 Hopewell Friends Rd, Asheboro, Randolph County, NC 27205; (336) 629-0641
Facebook page for Hopewell

Monthly Meetings in North America: A Quaker Index

The Religious Society of Friends

Cyndi’s List ~ Quaker

The Old Discipline, from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1806 – explains some old terminology and requirements


Many Guilford Quakers were involved in this effort.

“Guilford [College]’s campus is noted as an historical site where famed abolitionist Levi Coffin, a New Garden Quaker who grew up on the land that would become part of the boarding school a decade later, began his Underground Railroad activities. Escaped slaves came to the woods of New Garden and were aided in their flight to freedom in the North by Quakers in the New Garden community. Guilford is one of very few college campuses listed by the United States Department of the Interior as a National Historic District.”
Quaker Heritage History page on Guilford College’s website

wagon for transporting slaves, at Mendenhall Plantation

Levi & Catharine Coffin of Guilford County, NC, & Richmond, Indiana

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center — in Cincinnati, Ohio

Underground Railroad page on Wikipedia