Nest of Abolitionists

                “Doubtless the ‘Quaker influence’ of you ‘nest of Abolitionists’ will do something…” –  letter addressed to Samuel M. Janney, of Lincoln (Goose Creek), Virginia, September 1847

Nest of Abolitionists is a collection of documents, letters, articles, and memoirs written by or about some of the 19th century Quakers of Lincoln, Virginia. Most – but not all – material will have a 19th century focus on abolitionism and the Civil War, since that period of history proved so trying for this southern group of pacifist and anti-slavery citizens. 

Lincoln had been called Goose Creek until July 1865, when Quakers chose to rename their village for martyred President Abraham Lincoln. Quakers settled the village in the 1740’s and by 1750 had established Goose Creek meetinghouse, still active today.

New material will be regularly added. More pictures and photographs of either the people mentioned on the website, or pictures that are in any way connected to this history being told, would be a great addition.  If you have information or photographs to share please get in touch by using the Contact page, also available for comments or questions. By adding to this growing collection, we can better understand the small community of people who lived, literally, on the front line of American history.