Davis family to gather for annual reunion


THE ANNUAL REUNION for the Davis Foundation will be held from noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Davis Meeting House on Watersville Road in Mount Airy.

The reunion is an opportunity for direct descendants of Amos Davis, who built the Davis Meeting House in 1857, to visit with one another while picnicking at the wooded site.

About 75 people attend the reunion each year, with some traveling from as far as Florida.

The 2 acres for the Davis Meeting House were sold to Amos Davis by Henry Shipley Davis for $1 in the 1850s.

"It's a beautiful spot," says Nimrod Davis Jr., chairman of the Davis Foundation and great-great-grandson of Amos Davis.

The meeting house served as a general meeting house for the community, as well as a Primitive Baptist Church. The building is now owned and maintained by the Davis family through the Davis Foundation. A Baptist congregation uses the facility on the second and fourth Sunday of every month.

The Davis Foundation was formed about 14 years ago to maintain the structure. Foundation board members must be direct descendants of Amos Davis.

"There are almost 100 families who are direct Davis descendants," said Nimrod Davis. "My family tree has been traced back to the Jamestown settlement in Virginia in 1607."

The Davis Foundation is setting up a scholarship fund in the name of the late Mary Schutt, a Davis descendant. The foundation hopes to start the scholarship soon to benefit Davis family high school students.

Meat for the reunion will be donated by Roland Gosnell, a Davis descendant who lives in Eldersburg.

Families who attend the event may bring a potluck dish. A silent auction for baked goods will be held, as well as a regular auction for various items, including birdhouses made by Nimrod Davis.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Davis Foundation, the Davis family or the meeting house may call Nimrod Davis at 410-795-2896.

Horseback riding lessons

Instructional and recreational horseback riding lessons, along with horse safety and grooming, will be offered by Woodbine Recreational Council. The classes are six weeks.

The first class will begin Sept. 16 and is held from 10 a.m. to noon or 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays. Sunday classes will begin Sept. 17 and will run from 10 a.m. to noon or 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The cost is $94. Classes will be held at Holinker Farm in Eldersburg.

Registration: 410-795-3600.

Shape up now

A fitness class with aerobics, workout and toning exercises for adults will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Sept. 19, in the Mount Airy Elementary School cafeteria.

The class will run for 12 weeks. The cost is $89.

Registration: instructor Carole Asbury at 410-489-7277.

Donna Abel's Southwest Neighbors column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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