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Meet the “Two Sarahs” on our Behind the Scenes tour of Taylor’s Chapel

April 23, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The Taylor family has roots about as deep as any in Maryland, stretching back to the 1600s. As brothers, John Taylor was one of the first commissioners of Baltimore County and Thomas Taylor (“Colonial Taylor” at the time) was a councilor to Lord Baltimore and it was on his tract of land called “The Ridge” where William Penn and Lord Baltimore first met to resolve their dispute over the boundary line between the colonies. Taylor’s Chapel has its origins in a Quaker meeting house that likely was built by Joseph Taylor in the mid-1700s on his property, called Taylor’s Range (then in Baltimore County). Joseph was disowned by the Society of Friends for “speaking evil” of some fellow Quakers and refusing to apologize, and went off and built his own Quaker meeting house on the corner of his property.

The Taylor family kept this wooden building as a meeting house for a number of generations, and interestingly allowed Bishop Francis Asbury, a leader in the founding of Methodism in America, to preach there in 1777. The conversion was surely slower that Bishop Asbury would have liked, but about thirty years later, the worshippers at the wooden building did indeed switch from Quaker to Methodist. In 1853, Elijiah Taylor inherited the property and tore down the log structure to build the chapel that stands today. By 1930, however, regular services had ceased and the building sat vacant until the early 1960s, when a group of volunteers from St. John’s of Hamilton United Methodist Church began taking care of it.

From parent to child over a number of generations, this group still acts as caretakers of this little known jewel, and opens it up for weddings, baptisms and other events. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, and still contains the original 1853 frescoes on its walls among many other original features. Please join us for a tour of this fantastic historic gem inside the Mount Pleasant golf course with Barbara Panowitz and her colleagues who care for Taylor’s Chapel. Barbara will be portraying Sarah Rebecca Taylor, who lived from 1824 until 1915, and her friend Kris will portray Sarah Gatch Taylor who lived from 1761 until 1845.


April 23, 2013
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Baltimore Heritage


Mount Pleasant Golf Course
6001 Hillen Road
Baltimore, MD 21239 United States
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