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

Near Columbia in Howard County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Adam the First

Adam the First Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, December 29, 2003
1. Adam the First Marker
This view is of the marker at its old location. It has been moved to Route 108 in front of 5705 Richards Valley Rd.
Inscription.  The first large land grant in what is now Howard County. Patented October 1, 1687 to Adam Shipley who came to Maryland from England in 1668. This marks a section of the western boundary of the 500 acre grant. A Shipley family cemetery is located among the trees to the east of this marker.

Erected to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the grant,
October 1, 1987 by
the Shipleys of Maryland
Maryland Historical Society

Erected 1987 by Shipleys of Maryland, Maryland Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 39° 12.817′ N, 76° 48.155′ W. Marker is near Columbia, Maryland, in Howard County. Marker is at the intersection of Waterloo Road (Maryland Route 108) and Richard Valley Road, on the right when traveling north on Waterloo Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5705 Richards Valley Rd, Columbia MD 21045, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow
Adam the First image. Click for full size.
By J. A. Stewart, May 2020
2. Adam the First
flies. Welcome to Rockburn Branch Park (approx. 1.9 miles away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Oakland Manor (approx. 2.8 miles away); Trinity on the Pike (approx. 2.9 miles away); Trinity White Oak (approx. 2.9 miles away); Spurrier's Tavern (approx. 3 miles away); a different marker also named Spurrier's Tavern (approx. 3 miles away); James W. Rouse (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Additional comments.
1. Shipley cemetery
I used to live next to the cemetery that was located in the cornfield years ago. My brother discovered it one day while exploring. He did his Eagle Scout project on the cemetery. He had permission to clean it up since it was not properly maintained.
    — Submitted August 22, 2017, by Therese A Rose of Ellicot city, Maryland.
Family Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By John Miller, January 26, 2010
3. Family Cemetery
The cemetery is heavily overgrown and largely untended. Several stones are broken or partially buried. The two upright and (mostly) readable stones are for Elizabeth Brown, 1781-1830(?), and Wm. Chew Brown, born 1776, death date obscured.
Shipley's Grant Complex image. Click for full size.
By John Miller, January 26, 2010
4. Shipley's Grant Complex
The cemetery is in the grove of trees in the background. The former location of the marker is near the right of this photo, showing the entrance of Shipley's Grant shopping center and townhouse complex. Its new location is on the left side of this intersection.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 27, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,464 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 27, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on May 21, 2020, by J. A. Stewart of Ellicott City, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on January 26, 2010, by John Miller of Rising Sun, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of the marker at its new location (the NE corner of the intersection) • Can you help?
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Mar. 2, 2021