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Atlas Obscura A Quaker Library, Crammed with Curiosities

The Akin Free Library, a gracious stone structure with a cupola lording over a secluded corner of New York, offers two treasure-trove museums crammed with curiosities.

Completed in 1908, the building was a gift from Albert J. Akin, a visionary among the Quakers who settled the area in the early 19th century to fulfill their destinies as “Children of the Light” and “Friends of the Truth.” The Quakers left the Hill by 1885, after a religious schism in the 1850s. Born a Quaker by 1870s Albert was no longer a practicing Quaker. Akin Hill Association was a group of about 13 families led by Altbert Akins that built three buildings. The story of these can be found on the Akin Hall Association website.

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