Palmetto Friends Gathering is made up of South Carolina Meetings and worships following the tradition of the unprogrammed meetings of the Religious Society of Friends.

2018 Palmetto Friends Gathering

2018 Palmetto Friends Gathering

"Non-violence in Action: Loving Thy Neighbor"

Columbia Friends Meeting

120 Pisgah Church Road

Columbia, South Carolina 29204

March 16-March 18, 2018
Let your lives speak- George Fox (1624-1691); Live up to the light that thou hast and more will be given thee. Caroline Fox at age 21 (1819-1871)

Program to be led by Chuck Fager, previous director of Quaker House and Quaker historian, will lead a discussion of non-violence and loving your neighbor.

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What is Palmetto Friends Gathering?

Palmetto Friends Gathering is a fellowship of Quaker meetings in South Carolina that follows the unprogrammed manner of worship. The meetings include Aiken Worship Group, Charleston Monthly Meeting, Columbia Monthly Meeting, Five Rivers Monthly Meeting, and Greenville Monthly Meeting. Unprogrammed meetings traditionally meet in silence until someone in the group rises to speak, usually for a short message. After a period of about an hour, the clerk of the meeting closes the silent worship by welcoming everyone. People then greet each other, announcements are made, and people visit, return home, or continue with subsequent planned activities.

The Gathering meets annually each Spring for a weekend of worship, programs, and fellowship. The location of the gathering moves around the state from year to year.

 

Wateree Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends

This meeting was laid down (disbanded) many years ago, but is of historic significance.

Camden, South Carolina was the sight of the Wateree Meeting and has a Quaker cemetery. A marker in the cemetery shows the location of the meeting house. There are a number of Quaker graves, nameless in the early tradition of Friends.

Camden's legend of the Catawba chief Haiglar who helped the Quaker settlers in 1753, is commemorated with a life-sized weather vane. The original is housed in the Camden Archives and Museum at 1314 Broad Street, (803)-425-6050, and a replica stands atop a store on Broad Street. The Archives is a popular stop for genealogical researchers.

 

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Hurl Rock Park

John and William Bertram were early travelers in the Southeast and in South Carolina. They named Hurl Rock, where Hurl Rock Park is now located on 21st Avenue South at Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. This is an unusual outcropping of black rock in an otherwise sandy county. A plaque commemorating the Bartrams stands in the parking lot.

Richard Bertram, the grandfather of John, had come to America with William Penn at the close of the 17th Century. These adventurous naturalists had Quaker roots, but were read out of meeting (excommunicated) in 1755 due to their "Independent religious views." Bartram's Gardens, an arboretum in Philadelphia on Elmwood Avenue West of 54th Street still remains, displaying many unique plant specimens collected on the tours this father and son team made into our region.

More on Bartram's Travels to NC and SC

Bartram's Garderns in Philadelphia

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