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  • Back then, Pennsylvania was still wilderness, for the most part.

    The Quakers had moved away from Philadelphia, which was getting crowded and urban, and they came to what was then Northumberland County. One of the first things they built was a meeting house in a town they called Catawissa, taken from the local Indian tribe's words for "pure water."

    By 1850, civilization was again getting too close, and they moved on again.

    But in the grove beside the meeting house, in the quiet cemetery, you can still find their silence.
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