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From:

"A SHORT HISTORY OF DEEP CREEK FRIENDS"

During the westward expansion of Quaker life through North Carolina, a considerable gathering of Friends was in the North Deep Creek area. As early as 1781, a member of Deep River Monthly Meeting of Friends located near High Point, NC had a concern "to meet with a few Friends and others in parts adjacent to the Yadkin River." By 1783, Friends of Deep Creek were requesting "to be indulged with the privilege of holding meeting among themselves."

It is known that a brush arbor was used as a gathering place for worship services before a meetinghouse was built. This arbor was located on Daniel Vestal's land and was used in the early 1780's.

In 1789 a one-room log structure was placed in a grove of trees at the present site of the meetinghouse. This land was given by John Bond, the earliest recorded minister of Deep Creek. The meetinghouse had two front doors and probably a partition down the middle of the building separating the men's meeting from the women's.

In 1793 Deep Creek was granted monthly meeting status under the care of Deep River Meeting. A list of 65 names composed the first membership roll.

One hundred years or so after the first meetinghouse was erected, a frame building was built consisting of one large room with the pulpit in the north end and two doors in the south end. A pointed steeple housing the bell was over the entry.

Stories have been passed down through the generations telling how members working in the fields would hear this bell in mid-week, put down their hoes, and walk to church to sit in silent worship for an hour. Many times no word would be spoken, but children might spy a tear slipping down the cheeks of their elders earnestly in prayer.

Through the years Deep Creek Friends Meeting has helped establish other Friends Meetings including Hunting Creek in 1794, Forbush in 1818, East Bend in 1886, Winthrop in 1877, Harmony Grove in 1894, and Pilot View in 1911.

With over 200 years of Quakers witness in the North Deep Creek Community behind us, we now embrace the 21st century with renewed faith and enthusiasm. Praise the Lord for His goodness. We pray to prove ourselves worthy.

Nancy Shore Reece Holt

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