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Queen Anne's County Maryland – Historical Markers

Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Carmichael — “Cheston on Wye”
→ Surveyed as “Cheston” 1659 for John and William Coursey containing 800 acres—six generations of Courseys (who adopted the older spelling of DeCourcey) lived here and lie buried here. The original house was burned. — Map (db m3135) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Carmichael — “Wye Plantation”
→ Home of William Paca, signer of the Declaration of Independence and twice Governor of Maryland. Born at Chilbury Hall, Harford County 1740. Died and lies buried here, 1799. The unusual house probably dates about 1740. — Map (db m3137) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Carmichael — Governor Robert Wright
Born in Queen Anne's County, 1752, educated at Washington College. Rose to rank of captain in Revolutionary War. Served in State Assembly; elected to U.S. Senate 1801. Chosen 13th governor of Maryland 1806, twice re-elected, later member of U.S. . . . — Map (db m3896) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Carmichael — Stagwell
Patented to Thomas Stagwell 1649. Acquired by Richard Bennett 1706, one of the largest land owners in Maryland. His descendant Judge Richard Bennett Carmichael built the house about 1805. He presided over the convention of 1867, for a new . . . — Map (db m3134) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Carmichael — Wye Island
→ Patented to Col. Philemon Lloyd as “Lloyd’s Insula” 1682, a combination of four earlier patents. Henrietta Maria Lloyd married Samuel Chew and their daughters married William Paca 3rd Governor of Maryland and John Beale . . . — Map (db m5532) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Centreville — Birthplace of Charles Willson Peale
     First Free School of Queen Anne’s County erected near here 1724. Its sixth master was Charles Peale, father of the distinguished portrait painter and museum founder—born 1741 in living quarters near the school.      Luther Martin, . . . — Map (db m3110) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Centreville — Carmichael House
Built in 1804 by William Carmichael (1775-1853), attorney and state senator who freed more than 120 of his family's slaves, 1811-1839. One of the largest manumissions in the state's history. Birthplace of Richard Bennett Carmichael (1807-1884), . . . — Map (db m80673) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Centreville — Centrally Located
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 . . . — Map (db m62553) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Centreville — Centreville Wharf
Site of Marlborough, a port town laid out in the early 18th century with the creation of Queen Anne’s County. The wharf was a trade center, with a tobacco inspection warehouse administered by William Hopper. The “Captain’s Houses” were . . . — Map (db m80659) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Centreville — Chesterfield Avenue: River to Railroad ConnectionCentreville Heritage Trail
These 20th Century tickets for Centreville, while portraying a sense of the excitement of the circus coming to town do not represent the impact of those first circuses that came by boat up the Corsica, and up this street. The Aron Turner’s Circus . . . — Map (db m80657) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Centreville — Honor • Valor • WWI • WWII • Korea • Vietnam
To honor the veterans of Queen Anne’s County who served their country in time of war and especially those who made the supreme sacrifice so that we and future generations may enjoy freedom. — Map (db m3106) WM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Centreville — John Ozmon: Captain of the Sea and EntrepreneurCentreville Heritage Trail
Born in Denton, Caroline County on June 1, 1828, Captain Ozmon was already a well-known sea captain by the time he established his business in Centreville in 1858. In the 1860’s he began purchasing properties in the wharf area and continued to do so . . . — Map (db m80670) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Centreville — Maryland's Eastern ShoreHundreds of Enslaved and Free Black Men Enlisted
Although isolated from Maryland's largest population centers, the Eastern Shore was important to the state's role in the Civil War and exemplified the citizens' divided loyalties. In the years before the war, enslaved African-Americans here . . . — Map (db m21455) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Centreville — Queen Anne’s County
In 1631 William Claiborne established the first settlement in Maryland. A fort and trading post on Kent Island, the westernmost part of Queen Anne's County. On April 18, 1706, during the reign of Queen Anne, the County received its name from the . . . — Map (db m3104) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Centreville — Shuttled By Ship
Before the automobile, boat transportation was the only efficient way of moving goods in the Chesapeake Bay area. Throughout the 19th century, Centreville Landing was a prosperous commercial area serving the schooners that carried grain, . . . — Map (db m80661) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Centreville — Site of Goldsborough HouseCirca 1798
By that year, a 2-story brick house, measuring 40 by 24 feet and described as “not yet fully complete,” was built on a 4-acre lot of “Chesterfield,” deeded in 1792 from Mary Nicholson to her daughter Henrietta. Henritta’s . . . — Map (db m3109) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Centreville — The Brass Pin
The brass pin in the adjoining sidewalk marks the former location of the stone known as "P.G. No. 1", recognized since 1791 as the beginning point of the "Public Ground" now occupied by the Court House and the reference point for all of the original . . . — Map (db m62294) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Centreville — The CourthouseQueen Anne’s County
Oldest courthouse in continuous use in the State of Maryland. The building was authorized by Acts of Assemby after the removal of the County Seat from Queenstown to Chester Mills, later Centreville. It was erected between 1791 and 1796 on land . . . — Map (db m3103) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Centreville — Wright’s Chance
Early plantation house with original paneling. Listed as an “old dwelling” in a 1744 resurvey of “Smith’s Forrest,” patented 1681. Moved 1964 by the Queen Anne’s County Historical Society to present site, part of . . . — Map (db m3107) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Chester — Byway Destinations
Water The Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries weave the tapestry that is Chesapeake Country.

Land Agriculture and pristine natural resource areas accentuate our rural character.

History Historic buildings, churches, and . . . — Map (db m80828) HM

Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Chester — Byway Destinations
Few places portray the intimate connections between land and water better than Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Each place has different stories to tell—present in the wetlands, wharves, fields, homes, shops and churches.

Stevensville Lovers . . . — Map (db m80838) HM

Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Chester — Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway
Located along Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the byway links Chesapeake Bay’s communities, people, and life stores into a rich experience for visitors and locals alike. With its working farms and waterfronts, historic town centers, and pristine natural . . . — Map (db m80827) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Chester — Enemy OccupationStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812
Kent Island served as an ideal base of operations for the British in August 1813, as it was already an important link between Maryland’s eastern and western shores. The British took over the Kent Island-Annapolis ferry, including a cargo of cattle, . . . — Map (db m80825) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Chester — Maryland's Eastern ShoreHundreds of Enslaved and Free Black Men Enlisted
Although isolated from Maryland's largest population centers, the Eastern Shore was important to the state's role in the Civil War and exemplified the citizens' divided loyalties. In the years before the war, enslaved African-Americans here began . . . — Map (db m8329) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Church Hill — Joshua Seney
Beneath this stone are interred the remains of Joshua Seney who was born near the spot which now contains his ashes March 4, 1756 and died October 20, 1798. From the commencement of the American Revolution at various periods of his life he . . . — Map (db m3101) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Church Hill — St. Luke’s Episcopal Parish
Founded 1728, when the Provincial Council in Annapolis granted a petition to establish the present parish. St. Luke’s, the oldest brick church in the State with its original structure, was completed, 1732, at the cost of 140,000 pounds of . . . — Map (db m3099) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Cordova — St. Joseph’s Church
Originally a mission of Old Bohemia founded March 18, 1765, by Father Joseph Mosley, S.J. Oldest section built 1782, additions made 1848 and 1903. Father Mosley is one of three priests interred under Chapel. Since 1868, except during wars, . . . — Map (db m3157) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Crumpton — Callister’s Ferry
Near this spot Henry Callister, Merchant, operated a rope and raft ferry across the Chester River during the 1750’s and 1760’s. Well into the next century the crossing at Crumpton continued to be known as “Callister’s Ferry.” It served . . . — Map (db m3254) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Grasonville — Island in the Marsh: a hummockChesapeake Bay Environmental Center
Rising above the salt marsh is a wooded island called a hummock. Here, loblolly pine, bayberry, and holly take root in the drier soil and protect wildlife from the challenging conditions of the open marsh. Who takes shelter in the hummock? *Deer . . . — Map (db m69918) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Grasonville — Road to BattleStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812
About 300 British soldiers approached Queenstown by road on August 13, 1813. Their part in a two-pronged attack involved a steamy march across Kent Island and The Narrows, towing two field cannon. The nighttime march was interrupted near dawn by a . . . — Map (db m80814) WM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Kent Narrows — Crossing PointStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812
British soldiers approaching Queenstown by land August 13, 1813, had to negotiate a thin mile-long causeway through marshes at The Narrows. The only road connection between Kent Island and the Eastern Shore mainland was the crude hand-dug rutted . . . — Map (db m80824) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Kent Narrows — Working the Waters
Large scale harvesting of the riches of the Chesapeake Bay did not begin until after the Civil War. By 1900 almost a quarter of all U.S. registered boats were making a profit on the Chesapeake Bay. During the height of the Kent Narrows seafood . . . — Map (db m80823) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — "Clover Field"1622 Acres
Patented to William Hensley in 1730 as a resurvey of several earlier tracts granted in the sixteen hundreds. The house contains some fine woodwork. The Hemsley graveyard has some interesting tombs. — Map (db m3894) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — “Bloomingdale”
Patented 7 June, 1665, by Captain Robert Morris as “Mount Mill.” Purchased by Jacob Seth 1685, acquired about 1820 by Edward Harris whose heirs Misses Mary and Sallie Harris renamed it “Bloomingdale.” It passed under will of . . . — Map (db m3130) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — “Lord’s Gift”
1050 Acres. Granted to Henry Coursey, 1658. 1000 acres by order of Lord Baltimore for “conspicuous faithfulness to him during the late contest” (the Uprising of 1652 by Richard Bennett and William Claiborne). The 50 acres were for . . . — Map (db m3118) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — “Morgan’s Neck” / Richard Bennett III and Elizabeth Rousby
“Morgan’s Neck” “Morgan’s Neck” (300 acres) was patented by Cecil Calvert on January 26, 1658, to “Henry Morgan, of the Isle of Kent, gentleman,” for transporting into the province Frances Malyn and Francis . . . — Map (db m3125) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — Battle of Slippery HillAugust 13, 1813
American Videttes skirmished with approximately 300 British troops under the command of Col. Sir Thomas Sidney Beckwith as they advanced on Queenstown along this road. Two British soldiers and Beckwith’s horse were killed. Fearful of being cut off . . . — Map (db m3115) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — Bennett’s Point Farm
Originally called “Morgan’s Neck.” Surveyed in 1658 for Henry Morgan of the “Isle of Kent” as two tracts of 150 acres each. Henry Morgan was given the land for transporting two indentured servants into the province. The . . . — Map (db m3128) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — Bowlingly
     Estate patented to James Bowling, 1658, and present manor house built 1733. East-west wing added about 1830.      Before dawn, August 2, 1813, British troops under Sir Charles James Napier landed here and after defeating the local militia . . . — Map (db m3116) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — Bowlingly
→ Surveyed 15 September, 1658, for James Bowling as “Bowlingley.” Patented to John Tully May 29, 1660. On August 20-30, 1813, the attack on Queenstown by the British led by Sir James Napier under Sir John Warren took place . . . — Map (db m3117) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — British CommandStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812
The British invaded Kent Island on August 5, 1813. British Rear Admiral George Cockburn of the Royal Navy planned an attack on Queenstown by land and water, a pincer attack. Even though this plan was questioned by his fellow commander, British Army . . . — Map (db m80689) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — Chesapeake College
This first regional college in Maryland and first two-year community college on the Eastern Shore was founded December 22, 1965, and classes began on the campus September 1969. the sponsors include the State of Maryland and Caroline, Kent, Queen . . . — Map (db m3132) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — Colonial Courthouse
The frame section of the structure dates to circa 1708 and is consistent with other Maryland courthouses in size, form, character and materials. The brick section was added circa 1820–40. Laws in the 18th century mostly were enforced by fines, . . . — Map (db m3111) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — Governor William Grason
Born near this site in 1788. Took office January 1, 1839. As the first popularly elected Governor of Maryland. Remembered as an advocate of financial reform in government. Village of Grasonville named in his honor. He died near here on July 2, 1868. — Map (db m34225) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — Historic Points
→ Cheston-On-Wye Stagwell Wye Plantation Wye Island — Map (db m3133) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — Lure of FreedomStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812
(Inscription under the image in the upper left) Nathan escaped from jail along with a former slave, Daniel Johns. The town sheriff advertised in the Republican Star for their apprehension.

In April of 1814, British Admiral Cochrane issued a . . . — Map (db m80688) HM

Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — Protecting the HomefrontStar-Spangled Banner Historic Trail — War of 1812
Following the Chesapeake and Leopard affair in 1807 where American sailors were impressed into British service, there was outrage on the Eastern Shore. One of the three American sailors forcibly taken aboard the HMS Leopard was John Stachan, a . . . — Map (db m80691) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — QueenstownDivided Loyalties
Queenstown, like most of the Eastern Shore in 1861, was a slaveholding community, and the impending conflict was regarded with concern and fear. When war erupted, families were torn apart because of their conflicting loyalities. It was not uncommon . . . — Map (db m3113) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — St. Peter’s Church(Roman Catholic)
Congregation first organized c 1639 on nearby Kent Island by Rev. John Altham, S.J. St. Peter’s was est. Feb. 3, 1765, by Rev. Joseph Mosely, S.J. of St. Joseph’s, Talbot Co. A 1760 bequest of 50 lbs. from Edward Neale of “Bowlingly” . . . — Map (db m3129) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — Surprise at Queenstown
The British set out from Kent Island to attack Queenstown on August 13, 1813. The land and water contingents numbered 300 troops each. Intending to surprise the Queen Anne's County militia, they mistakenly fired, warning the Americans. British . . . — Map (db m67254) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — The Battle Enjoined!Star-Spangled Banner Historic Trail — War of 1812
On the night of August 13, 300 British troops marched towards Queenstown where a large American militia force was said to be encamped. The cornfields provided a perfect cover for a picket guard of 20 Queen Anne’s County Maryland militia troops . . . — Map (db m80690) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Queenstown — War in the Chesapeake
During the War of 1812 the young United States was embroiled in conflict with Great Britain. From 1812 to 1815 Americans fought to protect their rights and economic independence. They faced superior enemy forces on the homefront and the high seas. . . . — Map (db m67252) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Stevensville — British TakeoverStar Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Broad Creek was an obvious landing point for the 2,000-3,000 British troops coming ashore on Kent Island August 5, 1813. This had been a ferry landing since the 1600s. Stores of grain and pens of cattle, hogs, and sheep awaited transport to the . . . — Map (db m90634) WM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Stevensville — Broad Creek Cemetery
Broad Creek was established as the site of Christ Church sometime between 1651 and 1684. At that time, Broad Creek was the center of colonial activity on the Island. From 1712 to 1826, three additions or entirely new church structures were built on . . . — Map (db m67251) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Stevensville — Christ ChurchTown of Broad Creek
First Christian congregation in Maryland organized 1632 by the Reverend Richard James at Kent Fort, south end of island. Church moved here ca. 1650. Rebuilt 1712 and 1826. This oldest continuous congregation in Maryland moved to Stevensville in 1880. — Map (db m3138) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Stevensville — Kent Island“The Isle of Kent”
William Claiborne of Virginia established a trading post, settlement and fort at the southern end of this island in 1631. Lord Baltimore’s rights were resisted, which led to serious controversy until taken by armed forces in 1637. — Map (db m3139) HM
Maryland (Queen Anne's County), Sudlersville — Dudley's ChapelBuilt in 1783 on land donated by Joshua Dudley
This is the first Methodist meeting house erected in Queen Anne’s County, as an outgrowth of a Society organized in 1774. It is one of the earliest surviving Methodist Churches in Maryland. Bishops Francis Asbury, Thomas Coke and Richard Whatcoat . . . — Map (db m3098) HM

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