On Sunday, June 5, several Friends from our Monthly Meeting enjoyed an outing to Mt. Laurel for a beautiful afternoon tour of historic Paulsdale, the family home of Quaker activist Alice Paul.  Today, the house is the headquarters of the Alice Paul Institute.

After a picnic lunch on the porch, our tour began with a 15-minute show, The Life of Alice Stokes Paul, 1885-1977, which tells the story of this brilliant and courageous Friend’s remarkable life. Alice, a member of Moorestown Monthly Meeting, championed women’s rights both here and in England and, most notably, led a successful campaign for women’s suffrage that led to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920.

We walked around the porch to learn about the farm that once surrounded Paulsdale.  Inside, we learned about the Paul family’s daily life on the farm, the restoration/rehabilitation of the site and its present day use as a girls’ leadership center.

Many thanks to the Religious Education Committee for organizing this trip. For more information about Paulsdale and the Alice Paul Institute, visit www.alicepaul.org.

Submitted by Robert Brookes

© Copyright Haddonfield Friends Meeting | 47 Friends Avenue, Haddonfield, NJ 08033 | 856.428.6242