Pendle Hill was founded in 1930 largely to meet the needs of Quakerism’s lay ministry. Each year it attracts visitors from many denominations as well as short-term sojourners. The author of this book, Eleanor Price Mather, went there many times in its Pioneer days and found Pendle Hill to be “a kind of oasis in the wasteland of the spirit” (quoted from the front cover). She edited the pamphlets for Pendle Hill for many years and is considered an authority on America’s great primitive artist, Edward Hicks.
This book is the brief history of Pendle Hill’s first 50 years. It describes some of the people who passed through such as Howard Brinton, a well-known author, professor, and director whose work influenced the Religious Society of Friends movement for much of the 20th century.
NB: For a more comprehensive history through its first 80 years, see Doug Gwyn’s exhaustive Personality and Place: The Life and Times of Pendle Hill (Plain Press, 2014).