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Centreville in Queen Anne's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Centrally Located

 
 
Centrally Located Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
1. Centrally Located Marker
Inscription. Although Centreville wasn't incorporated until 1794, colonial settlement of the county dates back to the 1630s.

When officials decided to move the county seat and its supporting government functions, they chose a name that reflected its location and a spelling that signaled American's post Revolutionary War admiration of France. Street names such as Liberty and Commerce reflected the hopes of a newborn nation built on trade.

If You Build It, They Will Come

In 1796, the new Queen Anne's County courthouse opened for business. Close proximity of the Corsica River -- with easy access to shipping, trading and naval waters -- boded well for a settlement looking to grow. Today, Centreville's economy retains the core functions of supporting regional farms and county government.

Famous Courthouse

Centreville, the seat of Queen Anne's County, is home to the oldest courthouse in continuous use in the state. Built of Flemish-bond brickwork, the building was constructed between 1792 and 1796, and enlarged and renovated in 1876. The carved and gilded eagle on the pediment is a replica of the one installed in the 1790s.
 
Erected by Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.
 
Location. 39° 
Queen Anne's County Courthouse, circa 1906 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
2. Queen Anne's County Courthouse, circa 1906
Image courtesy Mary Margaret Revell Goodwin
2.62′ N, 76° 3.941′ W. Marker is in Centreville, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. Marker is on South Commerce Street (Maryland Route 213), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. The marker is along the fence south of Wright's Chance. Marker is in this post office area: Centreville MD 21617, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wright’s Chance (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Goldsborough House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Brass Pin (about 400 feet away); Queen Anne’s County (about 500 feet away); Carmichael House (about 500 feet away); Honor • Valor • WWI • WWII • Korea • Vietnam (about 500 feet away); The Courthouse (about 500 feet away); Chesterfield Avenue: River to Railroad Connection (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Centreville.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Centrally Located Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
3. Centrally Located Marker
Corsica River -- Farming image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
4. Corsica River -- Farming
At left, the Corsica River -- a small tributary to the Chester River -- was an important link in the colonial maritime transportation network. Photo courtesy Ben Longstaff, Integration & Applications Network, University of Maryland Center of Environmental Science.

Above, farming remains a significant part of the Easter Shore culture and economy Courtesy Photo.
Queen Anne image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
5. Queen Anne
A Sculpture of the county's namesake Good Queen Anne, graces the courtyard. Image courtesy Paul McClure.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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