This beautiful meeting house was built by Quaker (Society of Friends) settlers to replace an earlier log structure in 1820. The attractive & historic village of Orchard Park lies to the southeast of the City of Buffalo, & while it is no longer the ‘uncultivated part of nature’s garden’ that Quaker Jacob Lindley observed, it retains its charm & is home to many fine old houses & a prospering downtown core.
Quaker influx from Vermont, eastern New York State, & Pennsylvania began in 1804, & by 1814, there were at least twenty-five Quaker families in the town. This meeting house has been active since its construction.
Orchard Park is proud of its Quaker heritage; its official logo is a stylized Quaker gentleman, head & shoulders, wearing the quintessential Quaker hat. Not unlike the Quaker Oats fellow.
This scene is about eight miles east of my house in Hamburg (in fact, Orchard Park village was originally in the Town of East Hamburgh), & as I headed in that direction to run a couple of errands, I found that the farther I went, the more snow there was. As you can see, the day was EXTRAORDINARY ~ an absolutely perfect winter day, despite the bitter cold (10 degrees F). I would have gotten more shots of this wonderland, but as I walked around, gloveless, camera in hand, the wind came up & put paid to the whole adventure.
See another view here.
8 February 2011