“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Cecilton in Cecil County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Founded on Friendship

Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway

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By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
1. Founded on Friendship Marker
The town of Cecilton owes its existence to Augustine Herman, a 1633 immigrant to America.
A wealthy merchant, diplomat, cartographer, and explorer, he also proposed the creation of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal a century before it was built. Herman drafted the first detailed map of the Chesapeake region for Lord Baltimore in exchange for 20,000 acres of land--which he called "Bohemia Manor" after his birthplace--in and around Chesapeake City.

Family Followed Through
Herman made several attempts to establish a town named for his friend Cecilius Calvert, the Second Lord Baltimore, in lower Cecil County, but was not successful. It was not until after Herman's death that his descendants founded the Town of Cecilton at the crossroads of Maryland Route 213 and Route 282.

Plantations Aplenty
Lord Baltimore favored many others with gifts of land, and great tobacco plantations were common in the Sassafras River area. One surviving example is Mount Harmon, a restored 17th century plantation west of Cecilton, open to visitors May through October.

Farms for the Future
Land in and around Cecilton

Founded on Friendship Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 30, 2015
2. Founded on Friendship Marker
is actively farmed, and much of it has been placed in agricultural preservation programs, ensuring that the area will maintain its rural character.

(Inscription over the two images in the center)
Augustine Herman, left, and Cecilius Calvert, Second Lord Baltimore, right. Copyright expired (both images).

(Inscription under the photo in the bottom center)
Mount Harmon. Image courtesy Steve Gotlieb.

(Inscription under the photo in the lower right)
Homestead of Augustine Herman, Bohemia Manor. Image courtesy Cecil County Historical Society.
Location. 39° 24.264′ N, 75° 52.176′ W. Marker is in Cecilton, Maryland, in Cecil County. Marker is on W, Main Street. The marker is in front of the Cecilton Town Office. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cecilton MD 21913, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Greenfield (approx. one mile away); The Anchorage (approx. 1.4 miles away); St. Francis Xavier Church (approx. 2 miles away); “Worsell Mannor” (approx. 2.2 miles away); Sassafras River (approx. 2.8 miles away); Mount Pleasant (approx. 2.8 miles away); Fort Duffy (approx. 2.9 miles away); St. Peters Episcopal Church Bell (approx. 3 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2020. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 334 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on January 8, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 2, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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