We hope you'll join us at the 2018 Society of John Gaither Descendants' Reunion in Annapolis, Maryland, June 14 - June 17! We've planned an exciting time in the land of our earliest forefathers. Visit historic sites where John Gaither, and his children from whom we all descend, made their home in 1649 - - 369 years ago! As a 'first family' of Maryland, we all share our deepest American roots in this region.
We'll kick-off on Thursday evening with a delicious barbeque dinner at Mike and Nancy Jones' house to 'meet and greet' and stoke ourselves for a packed itinerary over the next three days.
Friday, we'll celebrate our heritage with a visit to the historic All Hallows, Old Brick Church where over 60 Gaither births, marriages and deaths are recorded from its establishment in the 1600s. We'll then have lunch at a classic Maryland Crab House on the shores of the South River, in the heart of South River Hundred. This is where John Gaither and Robert Proctor chose their 875 acres of land after leaving Virginia. A highlight of the day will be our visit to that original Gaither homestead, which they named "Abington," at the headwaters of the South River. Remarkably, "Abington" was occupied by Gaithers for at least 200 years.
Saturday you'll have several enjoyable options to choose from, including: a guided walking tour of historic Annapolis focusing on Gaither sites and the State Capitol where George Washington resigned his commission at the end of the Revolutionary War; a guided tour of the U.S. Naval Academy; and, a sail on Annapolis' Severn River on the 70 foot schooner "Woodwind". We'll end this full day with our special Annual Reunion Dinner.
On Sunday, the morning will be taken with our Annual Business meeting, and we'll say our good-byes over a luncheon and our traditional gift exchange.
We'll be staying at the Loews Hotel in Annapolis' charming historic district, walking distance to sights, restaurants, and shops. Airports to choose from in order of closest to farthest from Annapolis are: Baltimore-Washington International Airport), Washington Reagan National Airport, and Dulles International Airport.
We sure hope to see you at this year's Reunion. It's going to be a very special occasion filled with family history and fun, and it will be a wonderful opportunity to pay homage to the roots of our shared Gaither family tree! It's been 16 years since our last Reunion in Annapolis in 2002! You don't want to miss this one!
Be sure to check back here for more Reunion details and registration information.