St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
…Adjourn to the Arbour at Vansweringens
One of the unique offerings of Garrett Van Sweringen's lodging house was an arbor. It is the only known arbor in 17th-century Maryland or Virginia. Van Sweringen was probably following a popular Dutch practice when he built it. As a shaded outdoor space, the arbor offered a cool, comfortable place to sit. The scene depicted before you is the afternoon of May 10, 1692, with the councilors relaxing and Van Sweringen checking on his guests.
The large graphic you see here is done in the "trompe l'oeil" style that seeks to create the illusion of a three-dimensional space on a flat surface.
1 David BrownRecords from the Maryland Council Proceedings tell us that the council adjourned to Van Sweringen's arbor. With no air conditioning available in the 17th century, the arbor must have been especially attractive during the hot summer months. Fell free to sit and relax under the arbor like the Marylanders of three centuries ago.
2 George Robotham
3 John Addison
4 Garrett Van Sweringen
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 38° 11.12′ N, 76° 26.039′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Old State House Road west of Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47414 Old State House 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. A Busy Kitchen (here, next to this marker); The Cooling House (here, next to this marker); Cellar Archaeology (here, next to this marker); The Servants (a few steps from this marker); The Kitchen (a few steps from this marker); A Private Lodging House (a few steps from this marker); The Council Roome (a few steps from this marker); Keep It Clean (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Mary's City.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.