Bakers of Buckland Society

"I now come to write about the branch of the stock from which I myself more immediately descended," S.J. Baker


Occasionally we hold “Happy Hours” on Zoom. Join our email list to participate.
Our Annual Meeting and Society Reunion is held in a different location each year.
These are the current plans:
  • October 2015: Smithfield, VA (Original homestead of Henry and Mary) –past
  • October 2016: Seattle, WA –past
  • June 2017: Williamsburg, VA –past
  • June 2018: North West Florida –past
  • March 2019: Charleston, South Carolina –past
  • October 2020: COVID CHANGE: held on ZOOM. (was: Williamsburg, VA (may include Smithfield, VA – Original homestead of Henry and Mary))
  • October 2021: Williamsburg, VA – plans TBD

2019 Annual Meeting

RSVP to Susan at

THEME: Discover the Plantations of South Carolina!
Come and discover three plantations with us! 

“Pre-meeting Excursion”
FRIDAY, March 22 – Boone Hall Historic Plantation
11:30 am: Lunch in Mt. Pleasant – Location TBD
12:30 pm: Go back in time to Boone Hall Plantation ($24 pp)
See one of America’s oldest working farms, continuously growing and producing crops for over three centuries. Tour the manor house, experience the slave tour, hear low-land Gullah language spoken, walk the grounds, ride the tractor pull.
7:00 pm DINNER and Evening Reception – Location TBD 

“Annual Meeting”
SATURDAY, March 23 – Bigelow Tea Modern Plantation
9:00 am: Meet for coffee – Location TBD
10:00 am: The Tea Plantation (Bigelow Tea Company) – free except $14 trolley tour
Visit a thriving, modern plantation established by the Bigelow Tea Company in 2003
Later – visit the Angel Oak Tree
6:00 pm: Gathering/dinner at Chrissy & Gil’s
7:30 pm: ANNUAL MEETING (7:30 pm eastern/11:30 am Brisbane time)

 SUNDAY, March 24 – Magnolia Plantation (dates to 1676) – “Most beautiful gardens”
8:30 am: Magnolia Plantation ($20 pp) (more tours can be purchased).
Start with coffee/breakfast at the Peacock Café and spend the morning touring the grounds and/or taking tours. In addition to its history, Magnolia is well known for having the most beautiful gardens of any plantation in South Carolina.
Noon: Farewell lunch at the Peacock Café at Magnolia Plantation

2018 Annual Meeting


Cookout Kickoff
Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Location: Fort Walton Beach, Fl

Marianna and Panama City Road Trip via bus or van
Date: Friday, June 8, 2018 to Saturday, June 9, 2018
We will take a driving tour through Greenwood and through the old Baker land, and we will visit St. Luke’s Episcopal church and cemetery in Marianna. We will also get together for dinner at a family members’ house and see the original handwritten will of Simmons Jones Baker, the original watch and seal brought over from England in apx 1670, and the Robinson family bible, handed down through the 3rd wife of James Baker, son of James L.G. Baker. Saturday we will drive to Panama City to visit Oakland Cemetery, Baker Court, and the Baker-Whitehurst house. Dinner will be in Fort Walton Beach Saturday evening.

Annual Meeting
Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Fort Walton Beach, FL
Dinner at Taste in Downtown Fort Walton Beach, FL

Monday Pensacola Trip

Date: Monday, June 11, 2018
Summary: We will meet at 9:00 am at a coffeehouse in Pensacola, FL and drive over to the University of West Florida, Archives. There we will view the original Dr. Simmons Jones Baker “Recollections” document, as well as other documents in the Watson Collection, and the Baker-Watson Collections. We will also visit Bayview Memorial Cemetery in Pensacola, and Jesse Rogers Cemetery in Mary Ester, FL on the way back. Dinner Monday night will be in Fort Walton Beach, FL.

Contact Susan for details and lodging recommendations. (Susan’s email:

Check Ceremony – Raleigh, NC

Time: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location:  Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina 2921 Glenwood Avenue Raleigh, North Carolina 27608
Summary: We are presenting a check for $1800 to the North Carolina Masons to pay for the costs they incurred restoring the portrait of Dr. Simmons Jones Baker. We may also present the Gates County Historical Society with a small replica of the portrait if they can send a representative. Thank you to all who donated to make the restoration possible!

2017 Annual Meeting Details: June 9 – 11

Bakers of Buckland Society 2017 Annual Meeting and Reunion

Williamsburg Lodge, 310 South England Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185
Reunion Chairman: Jim Baker
Reunion Committee: Jim Baker, Danielle Haymore, Susan Wooldridge

RSVP and Questions: Send to Jim Baker or Susan Wooldridge: | Susan’s Mobile: 402-253-5334

Friday, June 9 – Jamestown Settlement $17

8:00 am Coffee at Aromas Coffeehouse.
8:45 am Carpool to Jamestown (opens at 9:00 am)

Saturday, June 10 – Colonial Williamsburg $40.99

NOTE: tickets are only required for entering buildings but no tickets are needed to tour the grounds and experience outdoor reenactments
8:30 am everyone meet in the lobby of the Williamsburg Lodge

Officer’s Dinner | BBS Officers only | Saturday 5:30 pm

 Baker Reception | Come One Come All! | Saturday 7:30 pm

Everybody is invited to join us. Wine, soda, water and light snacks.

Sunday, June 11 ANNUAL MEETING

Show and Tell | Sunday 9:00 am

Bring your heirlooms! Share family stories and listen to genealogy discussions. Contact Jim or Susan if you would like to give a short presentation! Coffee and rolls will be provided.

General Session – Sunday 10:30 am

General Topics:

—-Message from the Board
—-Comments from the President
—-Annual election and vote
—-Board Resolutions
—-Budget and Monetary Decisions
—-Open Discussion | Choose venue for next year’s annual meeting

Break for lunch

Annual Officers’ Reports – 3:00 pm

— Treasurer: Dan Wooldridge
— Secretary: membership, etc: Susan Wooldridge
— Online Tree: Karen Baker
— Scribe: Danielle Haymore
— IT: Jim Baker
— President: John Baker

Annual Officer’s Meeting
For new, returning and exiting officers – 4:30 pm

Adjourn until next year

Lodging recommendations

RV and Camping

Anvil Campground
Address: 5243 Mooretown Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone:(757) 565-2300
Rates range from $40/night – $70/night


Williamsburg Lodge, Marriott Autograph Collection ($153 – $419)
Advanced pay (no cancellation allowed): $153 to $246
Regular Rates (deposit required): $ 180 to $419
Address: 310 South England Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
Ask for Bakers of Buckland rate. We are trying to get a discount.
Phone: 757-220-7976


Governor’s Inn ($69 – $89)
Rates: $69 – $89 per night
Address: 506 North Henry Street Williamsburg VA 23185
Phone: 757-220-7940


2016 Event Details:

Join us for Columbus Day Weekend in Seattle, WA!

You do not need to be a member to participate in the activities. We hope you can join us!



Members Only: Our Annual Meeting will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, October 8, 2016. This is a closed meeting for members only, where sensitive topics such as finances and elections are discussed.

2015 Events

2015 October Annual Meeting (members only)


RSVP for all events by September 1, 2015 to:
Susan at

2015 October Tours and Reunion
Everyone is welcome!

October 2, 2015
Pre-Reunion Tour
Tour the Buckland Manor!


This tour requires a minimum two hour round-trip drive.
We will be setting up carpools according to RSVPs.

RSVP for all events by September 1, 2015 to:
Susan at

October 2 – 4, 2015
Baker Reunion with Tour of Shoal Bay!


RSVP for all events by September 1, 2015 to:
Susan at

October 4, 2015
Post-Reunion Tour
Hidden Baker Cemetery!


This tour requires a minimum two hour round-trip drive.
We will be setting up carpools according to RSVPs.

RSVP for all events by September 1, 2015 to:
Susan at


These are not fund raisers. No fees are charged, however you are responsible for your travel and food expenses.
If we encounter any unexpected costs, we might pass a goodwill basket around to help offset them.

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