Leonardtown in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
(original inscription on a worn brass plate) This cannon was presented to the Saint Mary’s County Historical Society by the Maryland Province, Society of Jesus. It was used in the early defenses of Saint Mary’s City and for many years served as a boundary marker of Saint Inigoes Manor.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Military. A significant historical year for this entry is 1634.
Location. 38° 17.37′ N, 76° 38.16′ W. Marker is in Leonardtown, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Courthouse Drive west of Washington Street (Maryland Route 326), on the right when traveling east. It is on the grounds of the courthouse, in front of the Old Jail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 41625 Courthouse Drive, Leonardtown MD 20650, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Leonardtown (here, next to this marker); Lynching of Benjamin Hance / Lynching in AmericaThe Great House (within shouting distance of this marker); A Town Spared (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leonardtown.
Regarding This Cannon. The Ark and The Dove were the ships that carried the first settlers of the Maryland Colony from England in 1634. The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) established one of the earliest manors in the colony, a large plantation called St. Inigoes, soon after St. Mary’s City was founded and owned it for more than 300 years. It was the site of the first English Catholic mission in the New World and was the headquarters of the Jesuit’s Maryland Province. St. Mary’s City was Maryland’s first capital. As a boundary marker, the cannon was buried muzzle-first in the ground.
Also see . . .
1. St. Mary’s County Historic Background. Includes detail on St. Inigoes Manor. (Submitted on April 18, 2007.)
2. Another Ark and Dove Cannon. Link to HMDb entry. (Submitted on April 19, 2007.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,900 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on April 19, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 18, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.