“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Carmichael in Queen Anne's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Stagwell Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, October 19, 2007
1. Stagwell Marker
Inscription.  Patented to Thomas Stagwell 1649. Acquired by Richard Bennett 1706, one of the largest land owners in Maryland. His descendant Judge Richard Bennett Carmichael built the house about 1805. He presided over the convention of 1867, for a new constitution for the State of Maryland.
Erected 1939 by State Roads Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1649.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 56.192′ N, 76° 8.049′ W. Marker was in Carmichael, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. Marker was at the intersection of Carmichael Road and Stagwell Road, on the right when traveling south on Carmichael Road. Marker has been replaced with "Site of Stagwell". Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Queenstown MD 21658, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Site of Stagwell (a few steps from this marker); “Cheston on Wye” (approx. 0.3 miles away); “Wye Plantation”
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(approx. 1½ miles away); Wye Island (approx. 1.6 miles away); Governor Robert Wright (approx. 2 miles away); Governor William Grason (approx. 2.1 miles away); Historic Points (approx. 2.4 miles away); “Bloomingdale” (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carmichael.
Additional commentary.
1. Glaring errors on this marker
It might seem odd that Richard Bennett Carmichael, as the marker says, built the house (presumably as an adult) in 1805 and was still alive in 1867 (62 years later) to preside over the Maryland Constitutional Convention. That is because they were actually two different men: grandfather and grandson. Richard Bennett Carmichael (1756–1823) was the one who built Stagwell. Judge Richard Bennett Carmichael (1807–1884) was the one who presided over the convention. Incidentally, neither one was the “descendant” of Richard Bennett—they were related only distantly by marriage. The Stagwell house burned down some years after this marker was erected, in the 1960s.
Stagwell, in 1939 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By State Roads Commission, 1939
2. Stagwell, in 1939
Submitted November 3, 2007, by Maryland historian of Chestertown, Maryland.

2. Stagwell site
Stagwell was demolished in the 1970s.
    — Submitted March 4, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

3. Richard Bennett Carmichael
According to my genealogical records, the Richard Bennett Carmichael who built Stagwell was born at Bennett's Choice in Queen Anne’s County on 20 Jan 1752, died 13 Feb 1824 at “Wye,” where he was buried 15 Feb 1824. My understanding is that Thomas Stagwell's patent was on East Wye River, north of William Paca's Wye Plantation on the Wye River. When Judge Richard Bennett Carmichael—the builder’s grandson—inherited “Wye” he called it “Belle Vue,” although I have been unable to find any historical reference to this name.
    — Submitted August 20, 2011, by Howard Crise of Baltimore, Maryland.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 24, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,635 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 24, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on March 3, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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