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Port Tobacco in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Tension of Liberty

 
 
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National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 22, 2019
1. The Tension of Liberty Marker
Inscription.  A working farm provided a refuge for religion at the cost of freedom for enslaved laborers.

The history of Saint Ignatius Church reaches back to the English colony of Maryland. Lord Baltimore, the colony's founder, recruited Jesuit priests to serve the first Catholic settlers and support religious toleration in the colony. Father Andrew White selected this site close to local Native American communities.

These 4,000 acres became known as Saint Thomas Manor in 1649. Farm revenues supported the Jesuit's works throughout the colonies, and a church building here allowed Catholics to worship on private land undisturbed.

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An aerial view from 1944 shows the other side of the manor from where you stand.

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Plantation Records

By 1700, Saint Thomas Manor, like many farms in the colony, relied on enslaved Africans as farm workers. In 1830, 272 slaves were sold across Jesuit plantation in Maryland, including families here at Saint Thomas Manor.

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National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 22, 2019
2. The Tension of Liberty Marker
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Erected 2018 by St. Ingatius Church, Maryland Byways, Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.
 
Location. 38° 27.933′ N, 77° 1.433′ W. Marker is in Port Tobacco, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is on Chapel Point Road half a mile west of Aries Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8855 Chapel Point Rd., Port Tobacco MD 20677, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint Ignatius' Church (a few steps from this marker); Rise from the Ashes (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Ignatius Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Thomas Manor (within shouting distance of this marker); Chapel Point Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mulberry Grove (approx. 1.9 miles away); John Hanson (approx. 1.9 miles away); John Wilkes Booth (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Tobacco.
 
Also see . . .
The Tension of Liberty Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, January 22, 2019
3. The Tension of Liberty Marker

1. St. Ignatius Church (Chapel Point). (Submitted on January 25, 2019.)
2. St. Thomas Manor, Maryland's National Register Properties. (Submitted on January 25, 2019.)
3. Chapel Point State Park, Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. (Submitted on January 25, 2019.)
4. Religious Freedom Byway. (Submitted on January 25, 2019.)
 
Categories. African AmericansAgricultureChurches & ReligionColonial Era
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 25, 2019. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 25, 2019. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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