Source: The Journal News
On June 4, 2004 The Journal News reported that the Purchase Quakers are marking their 275th anniversary this weekend with festivities at their Purchase meeting house. "The group will host an open house, a historic lecture, a cemetery walking tour, and a reunion of new and old members. The anniversary is a belated celebration of the beginning of the Purchase Meeting at the house on Purchase and Lake streets, which was built in 1727. The group waited to hold the event until renovations at the house were completed. The meeting house, which has suffered a few fires and been rebuilt, now includes three classrooms, a study, a nursery and a library. The Quakers, also known as the Religious Society of Friends, were founded around 1650 by individuals who wanted a return to simple and primitive Christianity, and who promoted peace, pacifism and religious tolerance."