Carroll Baker MEM'RIES CENTRE
Carroll grew up in the community of Port Medway, a beautiful fishing village on the South Shore of Nova Scotia. Although she hasn't lived in the area for many years, she has always maintained strong connections, regularly visiting family and friends who still reside there, often reminiscing about fond memories of home. Many of those memories involve the Baptist church where she attended services, as well as childhood Sunday School classes. It is within those walls that her unwavering spiritual beliefs were established, and she first graced a stage, singing in the annual Christmas concert.
The church was built before confederation in 1865. Following the loss of its pastor, the Port Medway Baptist Church, originally consecrated in 1872, was listed for sale . At the thought of losing such an important part of the community's history Carroll felt compelled to try and preserve the historical building, finally purchasing the building in January, 2021.
In an agreement between the Carroll Baker Mem'ries Centre and the non-profit, The Friends of Carroll Baker Society, the Society is hoping to establish within the walls of the church, a memorabilia centre filled with donated Carroll Baker memorabilia. All things important in the life of Carroll Baker and her career will be on display within the centre as well as housing her many awards and displaying some of the most interesting wardrobe pieces worn in her public appearances. Through Carroll's generous consideration, the Carroll Baker Mem'ries Centre will continue with its spiritual ministry. With the support of The Friends of the Carroll Baker Society, as well as community donations, the centre will aid in the completion of Carroll's dream: sustaining her childhood place of worship.
The Friends of Carroll Baker Society working close with the Carroll Baker Mem'ries Centre will be able to help Carroll maintain the integrity of the church as an active place of worship. It is Carroll Baker's hope to bring this once thriving and revered church back to its days of welcoming to those who wish to worship. It will be a non denominational Church for Christians to congregate, and worship. With the help of the community, Carroll will be able to hold on to this little part of history, ensuring that the heart and soul of the building will continue for years to come.