The Society of Friends



What we do as individuals may seem a very humble contribution to increasing the good in the world. We Quakers, are after all, very much like everyone else in our troubles and inadequacies. But we believe that the spirit of God is at work within us, prodding and prompting and helping us to be more faithful and loving. We believe that when we follow the gentle promptings of the spirit, more leadings will follow. As a community, we can accomplish more than any one of us alone

Why the Society of Friends?


The Society of Friends is a group of individuals that believe in a direct communion with the Divine and that its truths are accessible to anyone willing to listen. We live as if this Divine Light, the Truth, is part of our being.

Being part of the Friend's community is a way of life, rather than a set of beliefs. Friends are rooted in Christianity, but has always had a deep respect for other faiths. We believe understanding our place in the universe comes, from the appreciation of our shared life experiences, the respect of science, and a deep understanding of the LORD. We believe that there is something of the divine in everybody and that each human being is of unique worth, and that we value all people equally.


Friends seek to experience the divine within ourselves, in our relationships with others, and in the world around us.

The Society of Friends, emerged in England in the 17th century, a time of rapid political and religious change. Officially known as the Religious Society of Friends, Quaker(s), emerged as a derisive nickname, towards the followers, who shared the belief in the biblical passage that people should "tremble at the Word of the Lord." These groups eventually embraced the term, although their official name became, The Religious Society of Friends; and their members are referred to as Friends or Quakers.

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The Quakers: A Brief History

The is maintained and operated by the Society of Friends of Caroline County Virginia. Which is organized and operated exclusively for religious, charitable, and educational purposes. The Caroline Religious Society of Friends was established in 1739. Known as Quakers, the Caroline Friends were pioneers in the County's frontier wilderness who were distinguished in the development of social and economic ideals significant to the county, state and nation.

Early social inventions such as economic development, banking, insurance and fixed prices for commodities were among those established within the County by the Caroline Friends. Their practices in social justice and human rights including the right of religious freedom, women's voting rights and condemnation of slaveholding, were among exemplary ideals they embraced.

Golansville Quaker Meetinghouse


Pioneers in asserting the right to religious freedom, the Caroline Friends (Quakers) held their first meeting nearby on 12 March 1739 together with their partner, Cedar Creek Friends Meeting of Hanover County. At a meeting on 9 May 1767, members issued a call to their fellow Quakers to end slaveholding, the first such movement in Virginia. The Friends' testimony against slavery contributed to declining membership as many immigrated west to free states. The Caroline Friends continued to use their meetinghouse and burying ground until 1853.