Thursday, August 13, 2015


A valuable resource for locating Quaker Meeting is the website Although the data may not be complete at present, the webmaster responds to emails and updates his site in short order. We are grateful to him for updating the data for the Friends Meeting of Ocala. 

A wealth of information is available on Quaker Maps. Visit soon and often to keep up with Friends Meetings throughout the United States

Although we are an unofficial meeting of Quakers, the Southeastern Yearly Meeting (SEYM) has included us in their directory and invites us to participate in their activities.


George Newkirk was a prominent member of the Friends Meeting of Ocala. He was committed to keeping a Quaker presence in Ocala. He worked to support the Quaker movement from the time he moved to Ocala in the 1960's until his death in 2008. 

Before he retired to Ocala he had been a member of the Langley Hill Friends Meeting in McLean Virginia outside of Washington DC. He and his first wife Emma had located the church in McLean which became the meeting house for the Langley Hill Friends. I love the story of how the Quakers were able to purchase the building in McLean because the original deed stipulated that it could only be used for religious purposes. The property would have attracted many buyers on the open market and sold for a handsome price. The Quakers removed the stained glass windows to let the light in, eliminated the pulpit, and arranged the pews so that the the participants were in a circle.

More detail about George's life can be read in this Obituary from the Ocala Star Banner.