Davis Foundation reunion is tomorrow

NEIGHBORS

August 21, 1998|By Donna Abel | Donna Abel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE DAVIS Foundation annual reunion will take place 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 the late Amos Davis, who built the Davis Meeting House in 1857, to see one another and picnic among the trees on the 2-acre site at the intersection of the two Watersville Roads in Mount Airy.

Approximately 65 people attend the reunion each year. Some descendants come from as far as Florida.

The Davis Meeting House has a long history in Mount Airy. The 2 acres for the building were sold to Amos Davis by Henry Shipley Davis for $1 in the 1850s.

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

The meeting house was built in 1857 by Amos Davis and served as a general meeting house for the community, as well as a Primitive Baptist church. More than 140 years later, the building is owned 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 12 years ago to maintain the structure. Foundation board members must be direct Amos Davis descendants.

"There are 100 families or more who are Davis descendants, and my family tree alone has been traced back to the Jamestown settlement in Virginia in 1607," said Nimrod Davis.

The foundation is trying to set up a $500-a-year scholarship in the name of the late Mary Shutt, a Davis descendant who donated money for future programs. The scholarship would be for Davis family high school students.

Meat for the reunion will be donated, and attending families may bring a potluck dish. Anyone interested in finding out more about the Davis Foundation or the Davis Meeting House may call Nimrod Davis at 410-795-2896.

Barbecue at Prospect church

The United Methodist Men will hold a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at Prospect United Methodist Church, 5923 Woodville Road in Mount Airy.

This will be their fourth barbecue fund-raiser for the church this year.

A half-chicken, choice of two vegetables, a roll and a drink cost $6. Baked goods will be available.

Information: Rick Stine at 301-829-0143 or Ginny Linton at 301-829-0398.

Firehouse Pub comedy

The Mount Airy Players will present a comedy, "The Diary of Adam & Eve," at 8 p.m. Sept. 11-13 and Sept. 18-20 at the Firehouse Pub & Grill, 233 S. Main St., Mount Airy.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 301-829-1527 or by E-mail to mtairyplayers @hotmail.com.

Pub Date: 8/21/98

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