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

St. Barnabas' Church

Erected 1774

— (Queen Anne Parish, Established, 1705) —

 
 
St. Barnabas' Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, November 26, 2004
1. St. Barnabas' Church Marker
Inscription.  
Prince George's County
In the church which preceded
this present structure
George Washington
and
Robert Eden,
last Royal Governor of Maryland,
attended service, September 6, 1772
Reverend Jonathan Boucher, Rector.

 
Erected 1932 by Members and Friends of St. Barnabas Church, George Washington Bicentennial.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial Era. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 6, 1772.
 
Location. 38° 52.511′ N, 76° 45.584′ W. Marker is near Kettering, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker is at the intersection of Oak Grove Road and Church Road, on the right when traveling west on Oak Grove Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14200 Oak Grove Road, Upper Marlboro MD 20774, 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 flies. The History of Watkins Regional Park (approx. 1.8 miles away); The Chesapeake Carousel
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(approx. 2.1 miles away); Hall Station (approx. 2.3 miles away); “Mount Lubentia” (approx. 2.9 miles away); Blacksox Park (approx. 3½ miles away); Weary Warriors (approx. 3.6 miles away); Archaeology at the Brick Quarters (approx. 3.6 miles away); Seeking Freedom (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kettering.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Jonathan Boucher
“The most colorful of St. Barnabas' rectors was Jonathan Boucher, and it was during his tenure, 1771 to 1775, that the present church was built. Before his appointment to Queen Anne Parish, Boucher had served a church in Virginia where he also ran a school for young men. When he came to Queen Anne Parish late in 1771, he brought with him several of his pupils, including John Parke (Jacky) Custis, stepson of his friend, George Washington, and continued his school at his rented home (we know it today as Mount Lubentia). Boucher was a passionate Tory, and soon alienated the revolutionary Patriots in his congregation. His memoirs indicate that he preached some of his last
St. Barnabas' Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2017
2. St. Barnabas' Church Marker
sermons with loaded pistols close at hand. Boucher broke with his friend, General Washington, (‘You are no longer worthy of my friendship; a man of honour can no longer without dishonour be connected with you. With your cause I renounce you ... ’) and sailed for England in September 1775.” — Prince George's County Historical Society News and Notes, Jan-Feb 2004
    — Submitted November 5, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
 
St. Barnabas' Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2017
3. St. Barnabas' Church
St. Barnabas' Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2017
4. St. Barnabas' Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 18, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,710 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 18, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   2, 3, 4. submitted on November 5, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

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