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Marydel in Kent County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Mason-Dixon Crownstone

Mason-Dixon Crownstone Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Joseph Lanata, July 31, 2003
1. Mason-Dixon Crownstone Marker
Inscription. Responsible for marking the boundaries of Maryland and Pennsylvania (including the "Three Lower Counties" of Delaware), Mason and Dixon began their survey of the North-South or Tangent Line at the southwestern corner of present-day Delaware in June 1764. Proceeding northward, they arrived here on July 30, forty-five miles from their starting point. They later returned to replace temporary markers with stones imported from England. Mile point stones bore the letters P and M. At five-mile points such as this, the stones included the coats of arms of the Calverts and Penns, proprietors of the colonies. In 1904, Maryland officials removed the stone for exhibition at the St. Louis World's Fair. It was later displayed in the State House in Annapolis and then placed in storage. At the request of the citizens of Marydel, the stone was returned in 1954. It was moved a short distance from the roadside to its present location in 1968.
Erected by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number KC-69.)
Location. 39° 6.76′ N, 75° 44.736′ W. Marker is in Marydel, Delaware, in Kent County. Marker is on Crownstone Road (Route 454), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. 14 miles west of Dover, DE on De Route 8
Mason-Dixon Crownstone Marydel Delaware-Maryland Line Photo, Click for full size
By Joseph Lanata, July 31, 2003
2. Mason-Dixon Crownstone Marydel Delaware-Maryland Line
/ Md 454. Marker is in this post office area: Marydel MD 21649, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. This Sapling ... (a few steps from this marker in Maryland); West Dover Hundred (within shouting distance of this marker); Cheney Clow's Rebellion (approx. 6.1 miles away); Town of Kenton (approx. 9 miles away); Dudley's Chapel (approx. 9.2 miles away in Maryland); Peter Harrington (approx. 10 miles away in Maryland); Greensboro-Threatened by Ideas (approx. 10 miles away in Maryland); Town of Wyoming (approx. 10 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Marydel.
More about this marker. This is a Delaware marker on the Maryland state line. Marydel also has a Maryland mailing address. This marker replaced Marker K-43 (undated) erected by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs with the same title that read “In 1763, Penn and Calvert commissioners erected mile stones along the boundary between Maryland the three lower counties (Delaware), part of the Mason-Dixon survey. Every five miles they erected elaborate crown stones. This stone was displayed in St. Louis in 1904, and later in Baltimore. It was returned to Marydel in 1954 and was reset in 1964.”
Regarding Mason-Dixon Crownstone.
Mason-Dixon Crownstone Photo, Click for full size
By Joseph Lanata, July 31, 2003
3. Mason-Dixon Crownstone
The actual Crownstone can be seen from the road left of the marker.
Also see . . .
1. Wiki.Worldflicks.Org. Through Google (Submitted on October 18, 2010, by Joseph Lanata of Marydel, Delaware.) 

2. Delaware Archives - MASON-DIXON CROWN STONE. (Submitted on October 18, 2010, by Joseph Lanata of Marydel, Delaware.)
Categories. Colonial EraMan-Made FeaturesPatriots & PatriotismSettlements & Settlers
Mason-Dixon Crownstone Marydel Maryland-Delaware Line Photo, Click for full size
By Joseph Lanata, July 31, 2003
4. Mason-Dixon Crownstone Marydel Maryland-Delaware Line
A ceremony honoring the new marker was held on July 31st, 2003
Mason-Dixon Crownstone Marker - Old Photo, Click for full size
By Joseph Lanata, July 31, 2003
5. Mason-Dixon Crownstone Marker - Old
This is the old marker taken down in 2003.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Joseph Lanata of Marydel, Delaware. This page has been viewed 2,892 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Joseph Lanata of Marydel, Delaware. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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