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Severn Cross Roads Foundation, Inc

Severn Cross Roads Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit Section 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization that was formed under Maryland law in the 1970's for the purpose of moving and preserving the Charles W. Baldwin Hall.  Since the building was moved to its present location in the 1980's, the Foundation has actively restored and maintained Baldwin Hall, and its surrounding grounds, for use as a community center. 

The Severn Cross Roads Foundation affirms inclusion as a means toward the essential ends of historic preservation, community service and involvement: equalizing opportunity, providing preservation of historic experiences for all sectors of society, and enriching the experience of all members of the Severn Cross Roads and broader community.  SCRF is committed to exploring and implementing initiatives that support efforts to achieve a community-preservation-based educational and use environment that is open and welcoming to all.  Severn Cross Roads Foundation, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to: admission of members, hiring and firing of contractors, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.  Within our budgetary means, we strive to attract a diverse community of trustees, members, and users, to provide an accessible and meaningful historic interaction and enjoyable environment for user events, and to improve our local community through thoughtful programming and activities that invite inclusive interaction.

The Main Hall

The Old Cross Roads Church was built by the Methodist Society in 1861. About 1896 the "crossroads church" was moved across Indian Landing Road to make way for the building of the Baldwin Memorial Church. The old church was used as the church school and parish hall until about 1970. Over much debate to destroy the old church hall in favor of a larger facilty, several local members tirelessly worked to raise funds and organize for the hall to be saved and moved once more.  The church hall was then moved across Generals Highway to its current location.  


The building is a significant example of country church architecture because it is a combination of the popular mid-19th century "Carpenter's Gothic" detailing applied to a much earlier form.  The molded battens, tiny arches, louvered vent and shutters are creative and well-executed embellishments on an 18th century church plan. 




The School House

In 1999-2000, the Foundation was able to reconstruct a replica of the 1840's school house that once stood next to Baldwin Hall.  The school house contains a local history library on the second floor and space for temporary exhibitions.

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