It is hard to say when the first Presbyterian congregation was founded in America. It may have been as early as 1672. In the early 18th century we find the first signs of an inter-congregational structure governed by elders. That first Presbytery was established by Francis Makemie, the "Father of American Presbyterianism." The place and date of that first meeting is not definitely known. Makemie simply wrote that it was "a meeting of ministers for ministerial exercise to consult the most proper measure for advancing religion and propagating Christianity." Quite some time passed before Presbyterian-style religion advanced to Severna Park but it eventually came. At the turn of the century, Severna Park (once a peach orchard and tomato farm owned by Grafton Boone) was bought by a development company and parceled into lots. Soon a group of year-round residents wanted to have a local Protestant Church. Frank C. Woods, a retired Baptist minister and, incidentally, a classmate of Woodrow Wilson at Princeton, had moved his family into a new home on the bluff overlooking the Severn River. He offered to head the group and conduct services in the one-room schoolhouse.
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