Port Tobacco in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rise from the Ashes
The chimney fire of December 1866 gutted the complex, leaving a skeleton of smoldering brick walls. But local Jesuit churches and schools raised money to rebuild the structures you see today. This wasn't the only transformation of the manor's storied history. Before 1690, the original chapel, cemetery, and residence stood by the water's edge. After moving uphill, the new position provided protection from floods and raids.
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Six early priests buried under the chapel.
Church cornerstone blessed in August 1798.
First hilltop residence built about 1690, second floor added after the fire.
Jesuit residence and Manor House built in 1741, serving an administrative corner of the farm.
Brick chapel connecting Manor House and Church built in 1697.
Saint Ignatius Church built in 1798, steeple added in 1880.
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The fire of 1860 destroyed
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Location. 38° 27.95′ N, 77° 1.417′ W. Marker is in Port Tobacco, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is on Chapel Point Road half a mile from Aries Road, on the right 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 Thomas Manor (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tension of Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker); Saint Ignatius' Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Ways to Explore Southern Marylandís Scenic and Historic Routes St. Ignatius Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Chapel Point Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mulberry Grove (approx. 1.8 miles away); John Hanson (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Tobacco.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 26, 2019. This page has been viewed 109 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 26, 2019. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.