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Churchville in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Formerly called "Lower Cross Roads"

Churchville Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 23, 2007
1. Churchville Marker
Inscription.  Council of Safety met here 5 April 1775. Considered as site for county seat 1781

George Washington
passed 6 May 1775 on way to be made Commander-in-Chief of Army

and his troops marched past 15 April 1781 on the way to Virginia. Part of Rochambeau’s Troops passed through Sept. 1781 toward Yorktown.
Erected by State Roads Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the The Washington-Rochambeau Route series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 5, 1775.
Location. 39° 33.56′ N, 76° 15.107′ W. Marker is in Churchville, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker is at the intersection of Churchville Road (Maryland Route 22) and Maryland Route
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136, on the right when traveling west on Churchville Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Churchville MD 21028, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Churchville Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Church of the Holy Trinity (approx. 0.3 miles away); Springhouse (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Springhouse (approx. 1.7 miles away); Medical Hall (approx. 1.9 miles away); Calvary United Methodist Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); Tudor Hall (approx. 2.7 miles away); “Indian Spring” (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Churchville.
Additional commentary.
1. Councils and Committees of Safety
“Committees of Safety, formed before and during the Revolutionary War, to keep watch of and act upon events pertaining to the public welfare, were really committees of vigilance. They were of incalculable service during that period in detecting conspiracies against the interests of the people and restraining evil disposed persons. They were sometimes possessed of almost supreme executive power, delegated to them by
Churchville Presbyterian Church and Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, June 23, 2007
2. Churchville Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
Church was founded in 1738 and moved to this site in 1759. The present building was built in 1820.
the people. Massachusetts took the lead in the appointment of a committee of safety so early as the autumn of 1774, of which John Hancock was chairman. It was given power to call out the militia, provide means of defense—in a word, provide many of the duties of a provisional government. Other colonies appointed committees of safety. One was appointed in the city of New York, composed of the leading citizens. These committees were in constant communication with the committees of correspondence.” —from the 1905 edition of Harper’s Encyclopædia of United States History.
    — Submitted June 24, 2007.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 23, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,603 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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