“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Abingdon in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

“The Bush Declaration”

Harford Town

“The Bush Declaration” Harford Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 23, 2007
1. “The Bush Declaration” Harford Town Marker
Inscription. County Seat of Harford County from its origin March 1774, until March, 1783. Here the first Declaration of Independence ever adopted by an organized body of men duly elected by the people was proclaimed on March 22, 1775.
Erected by Maryland Historical Society.
Location. 39° 28.381′ N, 76° 15.957′ W. Marker is near Abingdon, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker is on Philadelphia Road 0.4 miles east of Maryland Route 136, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Abingdon MD 21009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. This Tablet (here, next to this marker); Harford Town, or Bush (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Post Road: Cokesbury College (approx. 1.1 miles away); Captain John Smith (approx. 1.7 miles away); Site of “Old Baltimore” (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abingdon.
Additional comments.
1. The Bush Declaration of 1775
The first Declaration of Independence in the Americas was signed by an elected committee of 34 citizens of Harford County, Maryland,
Bush Declaration Monument image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, July 17, 2007
2. Bush Declaration Monument
in Harford Town, also known as Bush, on March 22, 1775. It read, “ We the Committee of Harford County, having most Seriously and maturely Considered the Resolves & Association of the Continental Congress, and the Resolves of the Provintial Convention, do most heartily approve of the closing, and as we Esteem ourselves in a more particular manner intrusted by our Constituents to see them Carried into Execution, we do most Solemnly pledge ourselves to Each Other & to our Country, and Engage ourselves by Every Thing held Sacred among Mankind to perform the Same at the Risque of our Lives and fortunes.”  It was signed a few weeks before the battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts which are considered the beginning of the American Revolution.

Harford Town was located on the Philadelphia Road between present-day Joppatowne and Aberdeen.
    — Submitted June 23, 2007.

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The old Bush Inn, probably before the 1920s image. Click for full size.
Maryland Historical Trust Historic Sites Survey
3. The old Bush Inn, probably before the 1920s
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