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Centreville in Queen Anne's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

William Harper, Sr. Houses

c. 1794-1798

 
 
William Harper, Sr. Houses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
1. William Harper, Sr. Houses Marker
Inscription.  In October, 1794 the merchant William Harper Sr. purchased the Northern half of town lot No. 3 North from Centreville founder, Elizabeth Nicholson for £55 pound. By 1798 2 Federal brick houses had been built by Harper and rented for commercial ventures. Financial setbacks forced Harper to sell the 2 houses separately to new owners by 1814. In the 1850's George C. Palmer purchased & reunited the properties. In 1887 wealthy Centreville banker and businessman William Mckenney acquired the houses, they were sold by a Mckenney descendent in 1928 to James P. & Estell Rose Keating, who operated the houses as the Blue Lantern Inn a Centreville Landmark until Mrs. Keatins death in 1947. The houses are now a private residence.
 
Erected by the owner of the William Harper, Sr. Houses.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 39° 2.634′ N, 76° 3.943′ W. Marker is in Centreville, Maryland, in
The William Harper, Sr. Houses image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 24, 2019
2. The William Harper, Sr. Houses
Queen Anne's County. Marker is on South Commerce Street (Route 213) just south of West Water Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 South Commerce Street, Centreville MD 21617, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wright’s Chance (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Wright's Chance (a few steps from this marker); Centrally Located (within shouting distance of this marker); Tucker House (within shouting distance of this marker); Centreville National Bank of Maryland (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Brass Pin (about 300 feet away); Queen Anne's County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Queen Anne’s County (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Centreville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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Nov. 27, 2020