Friend Family Association of America will be holding its 2020 Gathering in Friendsville, Maryland on August 21, 22 and 23.

The purpose of the Gathering is to continue to provide opportunities to research and share family genealogies, meet new family members, renew  acquaintances of the past, and visit attractions of the local area.

Friendsville is named after its first European settler, John Friend, who came to what is now Garrett County before the American Revolution. Many of Friend’s descendants live in Garrett County today, and the headquarters and library of the Friend Family Association are in Friendsville because of this connection.

Any changes is our plans for our Gathering will be posted in Facebook, newsletters and emails as they develop. We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2020 in Friendsville!

To view our special newsletter about the Gathering, please click the link below:
Friendsville 2020


Schedule of Events

Early registration desk at our historic Museum/Library will open from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Meals are on your own for the day.
Registration desk will open at the Community Center will be open at 7:00 a. m.
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast Buffet
9:00 a.m. – Opening comments
Spencer Schlosnagle—a welcome to Friendsville from the Friendsville Mayor
Ina Hicks—Historical speech
Show and Share and Silent Auction
Noon- Lunch Buffet
1:00 p.m. –  Free time. See page four for a list of activities available (Our museum/library will be open during free time).
5:30 p.m. – Group Photograph
6:00 p.m.  – Dinner Buffet
7:00 p.m.  – Entertainment—Historical performance by JoAnn Peterson, accompanied by Tom Peterson on guitar.
8:00 a.m. – Breakfast Buffet
9:00 a.m. –  Biennial business meeting with elections.

Included at the Biennial business meeting is the election of the Board of Directors whose terms are due to expire or are vacant. Please click to following link to volunteer to serve the FFAA on the Board of Directors. BOARD FORM

The Gathering will adjourn after the biennial business meeting is over.

*‘Show & Share’ gives opportunities for attendees to give a brief presentation that may include a family story or showing an item of interest.*

Additional updates and details will be published on our website, on Facebook, email and in a special newsletter.

Registration Fees

Members $85.00——— Non-members $90.00

Early registrations before May 1, 2020

Members $80.00 – Non-members $85.00

To fill out the registration form online and pay by PayPal, click on this link: Online Registration Form

To print and mail-in the registration form click on this link: Printable Pre-registration Form

Garrett county is a popular resort area and if you are planning on attending consider making your hotel reservations soon!

There are many hotels/motels available in Garrett County. Below is an listing of Garrett County Hotels. As always, the hotel reservations and expense will be your responsibility.

The Friend Family Association does not recommend, suggest, or are affiliated  with any hotel/motel. Responsibility for reservations, cost of the accommodations, incidentals and any occurrence at the hotel/motel are between you and the hotel/motel. Ratings for the accommodations can be found online at a number of sites. 

Attractions in Garrett County

Along with the activities we will have during the Gathering, Garrett County offers an abundance of activities that provide an excellent  reason to extend your visit to enjoy all it has to offer.

Below is a link to a website that has a lot of information of those activities.

Also, below is a link for the website of the Garrett County Visitors Center.