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Croom in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

St. Thomas' Parish Church

 
 
St. Thomas' Parish Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, December 2, 2004
1. St. Thomas' Parish Church Marker
Inscription.  
Side A
Successor to the 17th century Anglican Church at Mount Calvert, this cruciform, brick church was authorized in 1732 and completed in 1745 during the rectorate of John Eversfield, 1728-1780. Built by Daniel Page it served as chapel of ease for the northern part of St. Paul's Parish, Prince George's County, until 1850. Since 1850 it has been parish church of St. Thomas' Parish, Prince George's County.

Side B
Victorianized in the 1850/s it was partially restored following the detailed original contract 1955-58. Thomas John Claggett, first Bishop of Maryland, lived near here and served as priest in this church. Members of the Lord Proprietor's family are buried here. Always open for prayer and worship, the blessed sacrament has been continuously reserved for many years.
 
Erected by Vestry of St. Thomas' Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial Era. A significant historical year for this entry is 1732.
 
Location. 38° 44.895′ N, 76° 
St. Thomas' Parish Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Pfingsten, April 26, 2014
2. St. Thomas' Parish Church Marker
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45.547′ W. Marker is in Croom, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is at the intersection of St. Thomas Church Road and Croom Road (Route 382), on the left when traveling east on St. Thomas Church Road. Marker is on the church grounds, about 200 feet east of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Upper Marlboro MD 20772, 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. Enemy Bluff (within shouting distance of this marker); Bishop Thomas John Claggett (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Simon's Episcopal Mission (about 300 feet away); St. Simon's Mission, 1896 (about 700 feet away); Croom (approx. Ύ mile away); Bellefields (approx. one mile away); Shaded Reprieve (approx. 2½ miles away); Eastern Bluebird (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Croom.
 
St. Thomas' Parish Church Marker in background image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Lassman, May 11, 2008
3. St. Thomas' Parish Church Marker in background
The Enemy Bluff marker in the foreground and the exterior of the St. Thomas Church is also visible.
St. Thomas' Parish Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, August 18, 2013
4. St. Thomas' Parish Church Marker
St. Thomas' Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, December 2, 2004
5. St. Thomas' Church
St. Thomas' Parish Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2011
6. St. Thomas' Parish Church
St. Thomas' Parish Church Tower image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2011
7. St. Thomas' Parish Church Tower
Inscription on the 1888 Church Tower image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2011
8. Inscription on the 1888 Church Tower
This Tower was erected by this church and other Churches of the diocese to the glory of God and in Memory of the Right Reverend Thomas J. Claggett S.T.D. First Bishop of Maryland, and for many years rector of this church. A.D. 1888
St. Thomas Church Bicentennial Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2011
9. St. Thomas Church Bicentennial Marker
St. Thomas Church
1732 - 1932
Bishop Claggett Memorial image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2011
10. Bishop Claggett Memorial
This memorial to Bishop Thomas Claggett was erected in The St. Thomas church yard in 1980.
How Awesome the Dawn Sky above the Hills of Croom image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2011
11. How Awesome the Dawn Sky above the Hills of Croom
Bishop Thomas John Claggett
1743 -- 1816
First Episcopal Bishop
Consecrated in the United States
First Chaplain of the U.S. Senate
In Washington
"How awesome is the dawn sky above the hills of
Croom... it makes my heart sting 'Praised Be God'"
Felix de Weldon's Relief of Bishop Claggett image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, July 9, 2011
12. Felix de Weldon's Relief of Bishop Claggett
St. Thomas Church can be seen over the Bishop's right shoulder
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,334 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 17, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on April 27, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on August 11, 2019.   4. submitted on September 7, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   5. submitted on November 17, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on February 17, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Jul. 3, 2022