Salem Friends gather for worship, study, and social activity at our meetinghouse and annex in Salem. The meetinghouse is located in Salem on East Broadway (Route 49) at Walnut Street. The annex is a separate building at the rear of the meetinghouse.
Salem Monthly Meeting, organized in 1676, when meetings for worship were held in individual homes, has over 300 years of service as a religious organization, more than any other church in New Jersey.
Visitors are usually impressed by the austerity and antiquity of our physical building. Built in 1772 with two saddle doors, solid milled wooden columns, twelve over twelve Wistarburg glass panes (most of which remain), this is actually the third meetinghouse built by the Salem Monthly Meeting.
A log house was used until 1700, when a brick structure was erected east of the ancient Indian burial ground, and was occupied until 1772.
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This was the site of Salem’s first meetinghouse and is still maintained as the Friends Burial Ground. The ancient Oak Tree is said to have shaded the Lenni Lenape, and local lore maintains that John Fenwick treatied with Native Americans beneath its branches upon his arrival here in 1675. The Salem Monthly Meeting has owned the tree and surrounding property since 1681. Salem Friends continue to care for the grounds and the tree.
The graveyard and the historic Oak Tee are located on West Broadway (Route 49) in Salem. Longitude and latitude: 39° 34.375′ N, 75° 28.223′ W.