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Governing

“…a convenient place for the administration of Justice.”

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
1. Governing Marker
Inscription. This building is a reconstruction of the colony of Maryland's State House finished in 1676.

The original brick State House was located just north of here on a bluff that is now the cemetery of Trinity Episcopal Church. In that building the Maryland Assembly and courts of law met for nearly twenty years, until the capital moved to Annapolis in 1695.

This reconstruction, like its predecessor, is two and half stories tall. The main floor holds a large chamber for gatherings of the Assembly and the Provincial Court. On the second floor is a committee room for joint business of the Lower House and the Proprietor's Council, as well as the Council meeting room and Secretary's office. Fire-arms and gunpowder for public defense were kept under lock and key in the attic.

This building was constructed as the centerpiece of the Tercentenary Celebration in 1934, marking the 300th anniversary of the founding of Maryland.

“…there by and Equal Assessment uppon the taxable persons of the said province the sume of three hundred and thirty thousand pounds of Tobacco to be payed to John Quigley his heires Executors or administrators who had undertaken to build the said state house & prison by the Last day of October which shall be in the yeare of or Lord God 1676…” — Assembly Proceedings, May–June
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By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
2. Governing Marker
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Location. 38° 11.222′ N, 76° 26.053′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Old State House Road when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47418 Old State House Road, Saint Marys City MD 20686, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sharing Land and Legacy (a few steps from this marker); The St. Mary’s Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Mary’s Female Seminary (within shouting distance of this marker); After the Disastrous Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); Trinity Church, St. Mary’s Parish (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leonard Calvert (about 400 feet away); Thomas Allen Senior (about 400 feet away); Entrance to First State House of Maryland (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Mary's City.
 
Also see . . .  Replica of the 1676 State House, 1934. (PDF) SM-11 Maryland Inventory of Historic Places. (Submitted on March 16, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. GovernmentMan-Made Features
 
A Landmark its Own Right image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
3. A Landmark its Own Right
Today the State House is a place for historical re-enactments, exhibits, ceremonies, public dinners, and performances. A landmark in its own right, it is the unofficial “town hall” of St. Mary's City and St. Mary's College.
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Re-Construction image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
4. Re-Construction
The Howard family donated the land on which this reconstruction of the state house was built in 1934. Trinity Episcopal Church is visible in the background. In the walls of the church are 17th-century bricks reused from the original State House.
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By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
5. Blue Print
Herbert G. Crisp, James R. Edmunds, Jr., and Horace Peaslee, Associated Architects did this construction blue-print of the first floor plan for the 1934 reconstruction of the State House.
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Artist's Conception image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
6. Artist's Conception
Although we will never know many details of the original structure, this artist's conception depicts how the State House might have been used in the 17th century.
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Timeline 1630 - 1710 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
7. Timeline 1630 - 1710
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Timeline 1830 - 1950 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
8. Timeline 1830 - 1950
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The Reconstructed State House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
9. The Reconstructed State House
Boxwood and Hugoius Roses image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
10. Boxwood and Hugoius Roses
This Planting of Box-wood and Hugoius Roses is the gift of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, 1934.
The Reconstructed State House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 11, 2015
11. The Reconstructed State House
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. 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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