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Pasadena in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Hancock's Resolution
Built c. 1785
 
Hancock's Resolution Marker Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, July 6, 2008
1. Hancock's Resolution Marker
 
Inscription.
Recorded on the
National Register
of
Historic Places

1975.

Second Marker (inside the facility):
Hancock's Resolution

Unusual for its stone construction, this house was built c1785 by Stephen & Belinda Ridgely Hancock, a significant structure on their 410 acre farm.
 
Erected 2003 by National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, Ann of Arrundell Chapter, Md.
 
Location. 39° 8.112′ N, 76° 26.825′ W. Marker is in Pasadena, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from Bayside Beach Road 2.3 miles east of Fort Smallwood Road (Maryland Route 173). Click for map. Marker is on a stone in the ground to the left of the house (to the right if looking at the house from Bayside Beach Road). Second marker (Colonial Dames) is located inside the Hancock's store building. Marker is in this post office area: Pasadena MD 21122, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Captain John Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Observing the Enemy (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans of Foreign Wars (approx. 1.8 miles away); Mother's Garden (approx. 1.9 miles away); Fort Smallwood Park Flagpole (approx. 2.7 miles away); Prime View (approx. 2.8 miles away); Bill Burton Fishing Pier (approx. 2.8 miles away); So We Will Not Forget (approx. 3.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pasadena.
 
Second Hancock's Resolution Marker Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, July 6, 2008
2. Second Hancock's Resolution Marker
This marker is located within the store building adjacent to the main house.
 

 
Regarding Hancock's Resolution. The Hancock family was prosperous, but the home is of note because of its age and setting, and its lack of ever having had electricity or plumbing installed. Well into the 20th century the Hancock family resisted "modernizing" the home. The final owners - Mary and Henry Hancock (who were sister and brother, both without children) - lived in the home into the 1960s, and upon their death donated the home and surrounding property for public use. The house is now cared for and presented to the public on Sunday afternoons by the Friends of Hancock's Resolution (FOHR).
 
Also see . . .
1. Official website of the Friends of Hancock's Resolution. (Submitted on July 26, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.)
2. Maryland Historical Trust webpage on Hancock's Resolution. (Submitted on July 26, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.)
 
Hancock's Resolution Marker Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, July 6, 2008
3. Hancock's Resolution Marker
Marker is at bottom in the foreground.
 
 
Hancock's Resolution Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, July 6, 2008
4. Hancock's Resolution
Front view (water-side) of Hancock's Resolution. The main house (largest part on left) is from c. 1785.
 
 
Hancock's Resolution Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, July 6, 2008
5. Hancock's Resolution
Rear view (Bayside Beach Road side) of Hancock's Resolution. Colonial and early American flags of Maryland and the United States are displayed on the fence.
 
 
Milk House Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, July 6, 2008
6. Milk House
Stone milk house, also from c. 1785.
 
 
Hancock's Resolution Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, July 6, 2008
7. Hancock's Resolution
Interior of the stone house, with docent in period dress providing a tour of the building in grounds.
 
 
Hancock's Resolution Well Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, July 6, 2008
8. Hancock's Resolution Well
This well is believed to be the original from when the house was built. The only modifications made to it when restored were the top three feet.
 
 
Hancock's Resolution Cemetary Photo, Click for full size
By F. Robby, July 6, 2008
9. Hancock's Resolution Cemetary
The two large stones in the middle of this photo mark the graves of the last two residents of Hancock's Resolution: Mary and Henry Hancock, who were sister and brother - neither married or had children.
 
 
Rocking chair on the front porch Photo, Click for full size
By Bellwether Photography, May 17, 2009
10. Rocking chair on the front porch
 
 
Tools In The Workshop Photo, Click for full size
By Bellwether Photography, May 17, 2009
11. Tools In The Workshop
 
 
"Indian Moccasins" off the beaten path Photo, Click for full size
By Bellwether Photography, May 17, 2009
12. "Indian Moccasins" off the beaten path
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,952 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 11, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   10, 11, 12. submitted on June 5, 2009, by Christopher Brown of Crofton, United States.
 
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