St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Putting Together the Pieces
Few historical references to the chapel exist. Archaeological work done in the 1930s and again in the 1990s uncovered the original foundation. Its thickness and depth into the ground provided a method for determining the original height of the building's walls.
Flat, roof tiles found at the site indicate that the roof had been built at an angle of at least 45° and brick with plaster traces tell us the interior walls were plastered.
Comparison of the chapel's massive foundation with other buildings suggests its walls rose about 24 feet above the ground.
Archaeologists found specially molded bricks used to hold the glass windows. Their corner notches were filled with white stucco, making them look like carved stone.
Fragments of glass cut at specific angles show the window panes were diagonal shaped.
A pole scaffold was erected to allow the workmen to reach the walls as they rose above the foundation. The basic design of timber poles lashed together with rope is derived from historical artwork and is how workers built the chapel in the 1660s.
Skilled craftsmen: master bricklayers, carpenters, and restoration experts were recruited to duplicate the original building materials and 17th-century construction methods. Their experience, and a certain degree of experimentation, allowed them to successfully recreate the structure.
Erected by Historic St. Mary's City.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Churches & Religion • Colonial Era.
Location. 38° 10.993′ N, 76° 25.716′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5) 0.4 miles west of Rosecroft Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16721 Point Lookout Road, Saint Marys City MD 20686, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "...buried...in a most solemn manner" (here, next to this marker); Project Lead Coffins (here, next to this marker); Andrew White, Apostle to Maryland (here, next to this marker); Shock Troops of the Counter-Reformation (here, next to this marker); The "Priests' House" (here, next to this marker); The Chapel Architecture (here, next to this marker); An End of Freedom but Persistence of Faith (here, next to this marker); Sacred Ground and Holy Buildings (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Mary's City.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on September 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.