Churchville is an unincorporated town in Harford County, Maryland, inbetween the county seat, Bel Air, Maryland and Aberdeen, Maryland where Aberdeen Proving Ground is located. Because it links Bel Air and Aberdeen (and indirectly, the only other incorporated town in Harford County, Havre de Grace, Maryland,) Churchville was once known in Colonial Times as Lower Cross Roads. The town has agricultural origins and is known for its many picturesque churches, particularly Churchville Presbyterian Church, at the center of town.
Churchville was once home to the Archers, a prominent family in Maryland and U.S. History. Their home, Medical Hall, is still located in Churchville, and several of the Archer family are buried in the cemetery at Churchville Presbyterian Church.
Among those buried there are: John Archer (May 5, 1741-September 28, 1810) who in 1768 received the first medical diploma issued in the United States and served in the Continental Army in the American Revolution. His home, Medical Hall, is also located in Churchville. John Archer was a delegate to Maryland's first state Constitutional Convention, later serving in the Maryland House of Delegates and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in the Seventh Congress, the Eighth Congress and Ninth Congress (March 4, 1801-March 3, 1807).
John Archer's son, Stevenson Archer also buried in Churchville Presbyterian Church cemetery, was born at Medical Hall on October 11, 1786. He served as a Member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1809-1810 and was elected as a Republican to the Twelfth United States Congress and to the Thirteenth United States Congress and Fourteenth United States Congress. In 1844 was appointed by Governor Thomas G. Pratt as Chief Justice of the Maryland Court of Appeals and served until his death at Medical Hall, June 26, 1848.
Stevenson Archer's son, (also known as) Stevenson Archer is also buried at Churchville Presbyterian Church and was born in Churchville at his family's home, Medical Hall on February 28, 1827. He was a Member of the Maryland House of Delegates in 1854 and was elected as a Democrat to the Fortieth United States Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1867-March 3, 1875).
Web Sites and Links
Bodt DecoysHand carved reproductions of various species of ducks, geese, and other waterfowl. Includes a biography of the carver, Bryon Bodt.
Churchville Recreation CouncilCounty-sponsored sports and fitness activities for youth and adults.
Grimmel's Fine Home FurnishingSells furniture and bedding by a wide range of manufacturers. Site includes sales specials and photos of representative furniture arrangements.
Helping Hands MinistriesNondenominational Christian church. Contact details, directions, pastor's notes, service and telecast schedules, prayer request form, and information on the bookstore.
Karl-Temple.comBilliard table installation, recovering and reloacting. Tips on slate, cloth, room sizing and maintenance.
UMode Travel CommunityOnline directory of travel related services including hotels and lodging, discount airfares, car rentals and many other categories.