South River Club

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South River Club
South River Club Jul 09.JPG
South River Club, July 2009
South River Club is located in Maryland
South River Club
South River Club is located in the US
South River Club
Nearest citySouth River, Maryland
Coordinates38°54′21″N 76°33′51″W / 38.90583°N 76.56417°W / 38.90583; -76.56417Coordinates: 38°54′21″N 76°33′51″W / 38.90583°N 76.56417°W / 38.90583; -76.56417
Area0 acres (0 ha)
Built1742 (1742)
NRHP reference #69000067[1]
Added to NRHPMay 15, 1969

South River Club refers to both a social club and more recently, the historic building at South River,[citation needed] Anne Arundel County, Maryland where the club met.

The club[edit]

The South River Club (also known as "The Old South River Club")[2] survives today as one of the oldest, continuously active organizations of its type in America. There is evidence that the club itself existed in 1732 and perhaps as early as 1700.[3] The date of its founding remains unknown because the early records were lost when the first clubhouse burned down.[2] Club records show that it existed before February 11, 1742 when a resolution was passed to attempt to record all previous members names.[2] As early as 1746, the club was referred to as "The Ancient South River Club" in the Maryland Gazette.[2]

The early members included prominent landowners, merchants, and the local doctor and clergyman, all of whom lived within a 10-mile radius of the clubhouse.[3]

The members of the club meet at the clubhouse four times per year for feasts prepared in the detached kitchen.[4] Women are only allowed in the clubhouse on "Pilgrimage Days."[4]

The clubhouse[edit]

South River Club, November, 1936

It is not clear where the first clubhouse stood.[2] There is some speculation that it was in Londontowne, Maryland, but sufficient doubt remains.[2]

Built in 1742, on land purchased from Captain Thomas Gassaway, son of Colonel Nicholas Gassaway,[5] the present structure is a small frame, ​1 12-story one-room clubhouse with a gable roof and a narrow exterior chimney on the east gable end.[3][4] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969.[1]


See also[edit]

List of traditional gentlemen's clubs in the United States


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Richardson, Hester Dorsey (1913). Side-lights on Maryland History: With Sketches of Early Maryland Families. Baltimore, Maryland: Williams and Wilkins Company. pp. 197–204.
  3. ^ a b c Mrs. Preston Parish (May 1969). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: South River Club" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
  4. ^ a b c Historic American Buildings Survey, /Historic American Engineering Record. HABS No. MD-843. Washington, DC: Historic American Buildings Survey, National Park Service. p. 2.
  5. ^ Warfield, Joshua Dorsey, The founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland, Kohn & Pollack, Baltimore, MD 1905, P.199
  6. ^ Joshua Dorsey Warfield (1905). The founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland. Kohn & Pollock. pp. 95–.

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