South River Club

The South River Club is a social club located just south of Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The name also refers to the group's clubhouse, which was built in 1742.

South River Club
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South River Club, July 2009
South River Club is located in Maryland
South River Club
South River Club is located in the United States
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 No.69000067[1]
Added to NRHPMay 15, 1969

The clubEdit

The South River Club (also known as "The Old South River Club")[2] is one of the country's oldest, continuously active organizations of its type. Early records were lost when the first clubhouse burned down,[2] but there is evidence that the club existed in 1732 and perhaps as early as 1700.[3] 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]

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 clubhouseEdit

South River Club, November 1936

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

The present structure was built in 1742 on land purchased from Captain Thomas Gassaway, son of Colonel Nicholas Gassaway.[5] It 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 alsoEdit

List of traditional gentlemen's clubs in the United States


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  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. Mayo.
  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. Vol. 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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