Business leaders offer $5,000 to preserve history


September 21, 2001|By Peg Adamarczk | Peg Adamarczk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

EFFORTS TO preserve Pasadena's history just got a boost, thanks to an infusion of cash from a group of local business owners.

The board of directors of Pasadena Business Association has agreed to donate $5,000, to be given in two installments, to Friends of Hancock's Resolution.

The Friends of Hancock's Resolution is a volunteer group that operates the historic Hancock's Resolution farm site on Bayside Beach Road. The group offers public tours Sundays from April through October.

The donation is part of the proceeds from sales of the PBA's two local history books, Between Two Rivers and The Pasadena Peninsula. Proceeds from the books, written by Isabelle Cunningham, have been earmarked to help fund projects in the community.

The PBA's interest in the 18th-century farm surfaced last month after the group held its monthly meeting there. More than 40 PBA members were given a tour by Jim Morrison, Friends of Hancock's Resolution president and spokesman.

Maureen Agro, PBA book committee member, attended the meeting last month and confessed that it was her first visit to the historic site. "Even though I have been involved with the publication of the two Pasadena history books, I knew very little about the farm before the tour," she said. "I went in not expecting much."

A few hours later, Agro and the other PBA members emerged as ardent fans of Hancock's Resolution.

"I was so impressed with the place. To think that one family lived there for over 200 years without remodeling or electricity," she said. "We have so much history right in our own back yard, we have to help preserve it for the community."

The farmhouse, built in 1785, is an example of early Chesapeake architecture and one of the few existing stone buildings of that period in Anne Arundel County. During the War of 1812, it served as a signal point to warn the port of Baltimore of the approaching British fleet.

For nearly 200 years, the farm was one of many that used Maryland's waterways to transport produce to markets in Baltimore and other ports.

Morrison said that the Friends volunteer group has received a check for $2,500 from the PBA and that the balance will be received at a future date.

"We are extremely pleased," Morrison said. "There are so many ongoing projects that need funds."

The initial payment has been split in half, with $1,250 earmarked for the newly established endowment fund, Hancock's Resolution Foundation Inc. The remainder will help restore the historic hand-pumped well outside the kitchen door.

The "well fund" will try to incorporate old and new technology to restore the pump, used by the last Hancock family member until his death in 1962.

Tours of the farm are free and are held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through October. Donations to help with restoration and education efforts are being accepted.

Information: Hancock's Resolution, 410-255-4048, or Maureen Agro, 410-354-3900.

Church turns 70

Jenkins Memorial Church will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a weekend of events and a church revival today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Today's revival service will begin at 7 p.m., with speaker Bishop Larry Lee Thomas of St. James Apostolic Church and music by Jacob's Ladder. Refreshments will be served after the service in the church's fellowship hall.

Tomorrow, the congregation will hold a picnic on the church grounds from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Food will be sold.

Local entertainment throughout the day will be provided by Ben and Chris Douglas, Melody McGinnis, Chris-Cheryl and family, and a magic show for the kids.

The cornerstone of the new building will be set in a ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

Tomorrow's celebration will conclude with a revival service starting at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Dan Mucci of Abundant Life Church preaching and the Singing Shepherds providing the music.

On Sunday, worship services will take place at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. with revival messages delivered by the church's pastor, the Rev. Robert Douglas, and its assistant pastor, the Rev. John Taylor.

A service starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, with music by Tony Bianca and Jeff Levin, will conclude the weekend activities.

The church is at 131 Riviera Drive in Riviera Beach.

Information: 410-551-0161 or 410-437-3830.

All-you-can-eat feast

Lake Shore Volunteer Fire Company will hold an all-you-can-eat shrimp feast from 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 6 at the firehouse, 4498 Mountain Road.

Tickets are $25 and include fried and steamed shrimp, shrimp bisque, pit beef, ham, salads, cheese and vegetable trays, dessert, beer and soda.

Information: 410-360-2629 or 410-255-6099.

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