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The Arrival of Governor Copley

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
1. The Arrival of Governor Copley Marker
Inscription. On May 10, 1692, Maryland's new governor, Sir Lionel Copley, met with the colony's legislature for the first time. This meeting marked the beginning of royal control of Maryland and it occurred at Garrett Van Sweringen's Council Chamber. The scene depicted here shows Copley arriving at Van Sweringen's with members of the Governor's Council standing ready to greet him. Copley was likely dressed in his finest clothing and rode his magnificent white horse named Draggon. Copley's 1693 estate inventory tells us that Draggon was worth 8£ sterling, a sum more than four times the value of a typical Maryland house.

Van Sweringen's Council Chamber Inn
The Private lodging house run by Dutch Settler Garrett Van Sweringen offered the finest lodgings in early Maryland. In the 1670s, he refurbished a standing building, added brick veneer and chimneys and opened a “private lodging house” that appealed to the colony's elite. To learn more about the fascinating history and archaeology of this unique site, continue walking along Aldermanbury Street until you reach the exhibit entrance at the orientation pavilion.
 
Location. 38° 11.11′ N, 76° 26.044′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from
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By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
2. The Arrival of Governor Copley Marker
Old State House Road. Click for map. Marker is along the walkway named Aldermanbury Street on the grounds Historic St. Mary’s City Museum of History and Archeology. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Marys City MD 20686, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mathias de Sousa (within shouting distance of this marker); In 1648 Margaret Brent Asks for “Vote...And Voyce” (within shouting distance of this marker); Discovering Layers of the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Upon This Shore (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leonard Calvert (about 600 feet away); St. Mary’s City (about 600 feet away); Governing (about 700 feet away); Sharing Land and Legacy (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Mary's City.
 
Categories. Colonial EraMan-Made FeaturesPolitics
 
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By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
3. The Arrival of Governor Copley Marker
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By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
4. You Are Here
Close-up of image on marker
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By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
5. The Arrival of Governor Copley
L. H. Barker, Artist, Funding for this painting provided by the National Society, Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America.
Close-up of painting on marker
Key: image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
6. Key:
1. Enslaved African American woman, name unknown.
2. Nehemiah Blackiston
3. William, enslaved African man
4. Sir Lionel Copley
5. Garrett Van Sweringen
6. George Robotham
7. Thomas Tench
8. Nicholas Greenberry
9. Henry Jowles
10. David Browne
11. John Addison
Close-up of image on marker
Leslie H. Barker<br>Artist image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
7. Leslie H. Barker
Artist
Close-up of photo on display in the orientation pavilion
Van Sweringen's Council Chamber Inn image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
8. Van Sweringen's Council Chamber Inn
Van Sweringen's Council Chamber Inn image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
9. Van Sweringen's Council Chamber Inn
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 268 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. 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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