Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
St. John's College
The Naval War of 1812 in Annapolis
— Don't Give Up the Ship —
St. John's College has a long, rich history dating back to the founding of our nation. Its earliest incarnation, a grammar or preparatory school named after King William III, was founded in Annapolis in 1696, one year after Maryland's capital was moved here from St. Mary's City.
Ten-year-old Francis Scott Key, future author of "The Star-Spangled Banner," was among the grammar school students who participated in the college's opening exercises in 1789. Key graduated from St. John's in 1796 and went on to practice law, first in Frederick and later in Georgetown.
Today, St. John's is a private, four-year college, nationally recognized for its interdisciplinary great books program. The college welcomes the community to Francis Scott Key Auditorium in Mellon Hall to attend concerts and lectures, and to experience the community learning that St. John's seeks to inspire. St. John's College is dedicated to the notion that freedom of thought is achieved through a liberal arts education.
Erected by United States Naval Academy. (Marker Number 7.)
Topics. This historical marker Colonial Era • Education • Settlements & Settlers • War of 1812.
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 38° 58.859′ N, 76° 29.434′ W. Marker was in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker was at the intersection of College Avenue and Prince George Street, on the right on College Avenue. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. St. John's College Alumni Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Dedicated to you, a free citizen in a free land (a few steps from this marker); For Civilization Liberty Country (within shouting distance of this marker); King William's School (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Scott Key (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Liberty Tree (about 300 feet away); Alexander Magruder (about 400 feet away); This Cannon (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Naval War of 1812 in Annapolis Walking
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 18, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 461 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 18, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 4. submitted on February 20, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 5. submitted on October 1, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.