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Core Sound Meeting

NC-101, Harlowe, NC, USA

Latitude & Longitude: 34° 49' 29.25768", -76° 43' 13.12356"
  North Carolina State Historical Marker
    North Carolina State
Historical Marker
    Marker Text:
"Quaker center for more than 100 yrs. after 1733. Migration west was one cause of decline. Meeting house was 50 yards W."
     The first Quaker meeting in Carteret County was organized on August 1, 1733, at the home of William Borden. The meeting was to be held the first “third day,” or Tuesday, of each month for “time to come” and the Sunday prior to the meeting was set aside as the representative meeting to be held at the home of Henry Stanton. In 1736, Nicolas Briant gave the Quakers some land a few miles north of Beaufort on which they build the Core Sound Meeting House and Friends from Rhode Island sent “60 pounds Rhoadisland money” toward its construction. The Pasquotank Monthly Meeting designated Core Sound as a Monthly Meeting the same year. Henry Stanton donated two adjacent acres for pasture in 1737.

     At the peak of its membership, the Core Sound Meeting had seven subordinate meetings. Three of the meetings, Core Creek, Clubfoot Creek, and Beaufort, were within a few miles of Meeting House at Core Sound. The other four meetings were more dispersed: Upper Trent and Lower Trent in Craven County; Bath; and Mattamuskeet, north of the Pamilco River. In 1799, and again in 1831, many Eastern North Carolina Quakers moved west to Ohio and Indiana in an effort to retreat from slavery as well as to seek out better lands and a more healthful climate. The Core Sound Monthly Meeting was “laid down,” or discontinued, in 1841. The remaining members were attached to the Contentnea Monthly Meeting. At the yearly meeting of the Society of Friends at Guilford College in 1898, the Quakers ceded the Core Sound Meeting House property to the Ann Street Methodist Church of Beaufort.

Seth B. and Mary Edith Hinshaw, eds., Carolina Quakers (1972)
Seth B. Hinshaw, The Carolina Quaker Experience (1984)
Francis C. Anscombe, I Have Called You Friends (1959)
Pat Dula Davis and Kathleen Hill Hamilton, eds., The Heritage of Carteret County, North Carolina, Volume I (1982)
Core Sound Meeting Historical Marker Location Map, Harlowe, North Carolina