Orange County Friends Meeting
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Irvine, California

Where and when did Quakers begin?

Quakerism rose in England in the middle of the 17th century.

George Fox, sometimes called "the First friend," wrote that in 1648 "... the Lord God opened to me by His invisible power that every man was enlightened by the divine Light of Christ, and I saw it shine through all ... " In 1652 when George Fox climbed "a very great hill, called Pendle Hill," he said that "... the Lord let me see in what places he had a great people to be gathered...". Some trace the beginnings of the Society of Friends to this moment on Pendle Hill.

Quaker missionaries arrived in America as early as 1655, and many Amercan Friends trace their ancestry to those who became Quakers at this time.