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St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Welcome to St. John's

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, October 5, 2019
1. Welcome to St. John's Marker
Inscription.  You are at St. John's, where you will discover the long-buried remains of a house built in 1638 for John Lewger, a leader of early Maryland who named this plantation in honor of his patron saint. For nearly a century, people lived in this place and made significant history. Here, Maryland's first elected assembly met, the first person of African descent voted in a legislature, and, for the first time in America, a woman requested "vote and voyce."

Surviving documents reveal a few of the stories of St. John's. Much more evidence has come from the labors of archaeologists. Explore the buried secrets of this place and meet some of the long-forgotten people who lived, worked, and died here.

[Captions:]
Exploring St. John's required many different skills. Historians, archaeologists, architectural historians, artifact specialists, and others contributed to understanding this site. The project became a model of interdisciplinary research into early American life.

The above detail is from a map of the Chesapeake region drawn in 1670 by Augustine Herrman. A visitor to the site, Herrman noted its location
Welcome to St. John's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 5, 2019
2. Welcome to St. John's Marker
with the name and a symbol for the house.

Throughout the museum are exhibits that will help you understand how archaeology, historical documents, and oral traditions deciphered the role of St. John's played in the drama of Maryland's beginnings.


[Aside:]
Over the years, St. John's served many purposes—as a private home, tobacco plantation, government meeting place, courtroom, governor's residence, public inn or ordinary, and records office. This painting suggests how St. John's may have looked while it served as an inn in the 1680s. The exhibit buildings are in the same locations as the 17th-century structures.
 
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Location. 38° 11.386′ N, 76° 25.701′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Margeret Brent Way 0.1 miles west of Mathias De Sousa Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47645 Margaret Brent Way, 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. The Quarter Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Snapshots of St. John's (within shouting distance of this marker); St. John's and the Wider World (within shouting distance of this marker); Exploring St. John's
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Entrance to St. John's Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Relax Awhile! (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Mary's College of Maryland (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named St. Mary's College of Maryland (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Mary's City.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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