Near Pasadena in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Downs Park History Moment
During the period 1913 to 1937 this property was the summer estate of H.R. Mayo Thom. In Mother's Garden was this thatched roof gazebo. The gazebo was built by Reginald Giddings, a handyman who worked or the Thoms. Mr. Giddings was an Englishman who had learned the thatching trade from his father in England. There were apparently other thatched roofed structures on the property including a thatched roofed 'toolhouse' on their dock on Locust Cove.
Mr. Giddings later went on to Gibson Island were he was involved with the building of the golf course there. He eventually became the greenskeeper there. There are photos on file of a thatched roof pavilion which he built on the golf course at Gibson Island.
Look for other Downs Park History Moments as you travel about the park. A brochure is available to help you locate the site.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Horticulture & Forestry • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1913.
Location. 39° 6.598′ N, 76° 26.071′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pasadena MD 21122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Wishing Bench (a few steps from this marker); Mother's Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The old entrance road (within shouting distance of this marker); Summer House on the Bay (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Rocky Beach Oyster Farm (about 400 feet away); The Chesapeake Bay (about 400 feet away); Improvements on the Bayfront (about 600 feet away); Kids on the Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pasadena.
1. Grammar from the marker
The use of "were" instead of "where" on the second paragraph is taken verbatim from the marker.
— Submitted April 5, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 5, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 5, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.