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Charlotte Hall in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Charlotte Hall School

 
 
Charlotte Hall School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
1. Charlotte Hall School Marker
Inscription. In 1774, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation for the establishment of a school near “Ye Coole Springs” for the education of boys from St. Mary’s, Charles, Calvert, and Prince George’s counties. As a result of the Revolutionary War and funding shortages, the school did not actually open its doors until 1797. The school had an excellent academic reputation and in 1852 added military training to the curriculum. An impressive list of alumni included three Maryland governors. The school closed its doors in 1976 due to financial struggles.

The only original school building still standing is the White House (ca.1803). Other associated buildings include Dent Memorial Chapel (ca. 1883) and the Principal’s House (ca. 1948), now the St. Mary’s County Visitor’s Center. The legacy of Charlotte Hall School lives on through the school’s Alumni Association which awards scholarships annually to local high school students.

In 1885, the State of Maryland opened the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home with a mission of “serving those who served.” The facility provides care for veterans on the beautiful 126 acre campus.

Reverend Hatch Dent
The Dent Chapel was built in 1883 in honor of the Reverend Hatch Dent. A Revolutionary War soldier, Dent was one of the Maryland 400 whose sacrifices saved the American

Charlotte Hall School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
2. Charlotte Hall School Marker
Grounds of the Veterans Home in the background
Army at the Battle of Long Island on August 27, 1776. He later became an Episcopal priest and was named the first principal of Charlotte Hall School. (Inscription under the photo in the lower right) White House ca. 1803.
 
Erected by Rotary Club of Charlotte Hall.
 
Location. 38° 28.692′ N, 76° 46.68′ W. Marker is in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Charlotte Hall Road. Click for map. The marker is on the grounds of the Veterans Home-Charlotte Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Charlotte Hall MD 20622, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cadet Pierre A. Mourthé (within shouting distance of this marker); Coole Springs of Saint Marie’s (within shouting distance of this marker); Rear Admiral Raphael Semmes C.S.N. (within shouting distance of this marker); No Match for British Might (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Maryland Begins Here (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Charlotte Hall School (about 700 feet away); Maxwell Hall (approx. 4.4 miles away); Rev. Lawrence Anthony Bender, S.S. (approx. 5.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charlotte Hall.
 
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Charlotte Hall School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
3. Charlotte Hall School Marker
Charlotte Hall School-Bench image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
4. Charlotte Hall School-Bench
Note the flag imbedded on the back of the bench and the wrought iron arm rest with the American eagle symbol.
Charlotte Hall School-Veterans Home entrance gate image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
5. Charlotte Hall School-Veterans Home entrance gate
Charlotte Hall School-Marker on the entrance gate image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
6. Charlotte Hall School-Marker on the entrance gate
Charlotte Hall School founded in 1774.
Charlotte Hall School-Marker on the entrance gate image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
7. Charlotte Hall School-Marker on the entrance gate
In Memoriam, Cadet Pierre A. Mourthe', class of 1919
Charlotte Hall School-"The Old White House" image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 11, 2015
8. Charlotte Hall School-"The Old White House"
Located on the grounds of the Veterans Home-Charlotte Hall Residence and School in use during the War of 1812.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 196 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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