Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation

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The Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1992 to aid in the restoration and preservation of the Quaker Hill Historic District in Wilmington, Delaware.

The district dates back to the early 18th century, when Quakers such as William Shipley and Thomas West built the first residences in the area. During the Revolutionary War, Washington and Lafayette were quartered on Quaker Hill. Among those buried at Wilmington Friends Meeting are John Dickinson, signer of the Constitution, and Thomas Garrett, an abolitionist who worked with William Still and Harriet Tubman to conduct thousands of slaves to freedom.

Quaker Hill has been home to countless people who have dedicated their lives to improving the community and society at large. In this tradition, the Foundation strives to foster a growing appreciation of the rich social history and unique architecture of Wilmington’s oldest residential neighborhood.

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Dear Friend of Quaker Hill,

Quaker Hill, the magnificent Federal Register Historic District in Wilmington Delaware tells the glorious story of America. Since its establishment in 1738 by a few Quaker families, it continues to be a resource of great architecture from Colonial through Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, Victorian and even some Modern styles.

However, Quaker Hill is much more than a conglomeration of historic buildings. John Dickinson, the great founding father, known as the penman of the Articles of Confederation and author of parts of today’s Constitution, attended the Friends Meeting and lies in repose in the Meeting’s cemetery. George Washington had a Headquarters in Quaker Hill in the late summer of 1777 apparently visited by Marquis de Lafayette.

The true greatness of America is reflected in the endeavors of a runaway slave working with a well-to -do merchant to conduct hundreds of enslaved human beings to freedom on the Underground Railroad. That runaway slave was Harriet Tubman and that well-to do merchant was our own Thomas Garrett, the great Stationmaster of the Underground Railroad that ran right through his home in Quaker Hill.

Investing in Quaker Hill is investing in one of America’s historical treasures. We would be deeply grateful if you would join or renew your membership/contribution to the Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation as it will assist us in our mission of raising historical awareness and preserving heritage of Quaker Hill through educational programs, lectures and tours that the public can enjoy. Please pay by scanning the QR code below, or clicking here.

Thank you so much for your kind support!

All the best!

Yours Sincerely,
Bayard Marin, JD, PhD
Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation