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Near Cordova in Queen Anne's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

St. Joseph’s Church

 
 
St. Joseph’s Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 7, 2015
1. St. Joseph’s Church Marker
Inscription. Originally a mission of Old Bohemia founded March 18, 1765, by Father Joseph Mosley, S.J. Oldest section built 1782, additions made 1848 and 1903. Father Mosley is one of three priests interred under Chapel.

Since 1868, except during wars, annual jousting tournments held here on first Wednesday of August.
 
Erected by Maryland Historical Society.
 
Location. 38° 55.8′ N, 76° 0.747′ W. Marker is near Cordova, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. Marker is at the intersection of Queen Anne's Highway (Maryland Route 404) and Church Lane, on the right when traveling east on Queen Anne's Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cordova MD 21625, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Wye Episcopal Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); Wye Oak * National Champion White Oak (approx. 3.7 miles away); Wye Oak House (approx. 3.7 miles away); Frederick Douglass (approx. 3.8 miles away); Wye Grist Mill and Museum (approx. 3.8 miles away); Wye Grist Mill (approx. 3.8 miles away); A Brief History of the Mill (approx. 3.8 miles away); So, How Does a Mill Work? (approx. 3.8 miles away).
 
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Wide view of the St. Joseph’s Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Crumlish, August 12, 2011
2. Wide view of the St. Joseph’s Church Marker

1. Saints Peter and Paul Parish - History of the Churches - St Joseph's Mission Church 1765. “The letters of Father Mosley [to his sister and brother in England] are a record of missionary tolls and privations, presenting a graphic description of the country and the conditions of the Catholics. They exhibit the fullest consecutive account of Maryland that is available from the pen of any Catholic missionary during the eighteenth century.” (Submitted on October 31, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.) 

2. The Woodstock Letters 1906. Proceed to PDF page 227 to read the letters of Father Joseph Mosley S.J. (Submitted on September 19, 2015.) 

3. Jousting Tournament and Horse Show. “Jousting tournaments today are “ring tournaments” where riders charge a horse at a gallop through an 80-yard course toward suspended rings. The rider has eight seconds (depending on skill level) to spear rings with a lance. The rings range in diameter from one-quarter inch to nearly 2 inches depending on the skill level of the jouster. The St. Joe’s Joust has been held in Cordova for 145 years. There is a gate charge of $1 per adult. The Horse Show starts at 9 a.m. with 11 classes. There is a fee of $5 for all participants.” (Submitted on September 19, 2015.) 
 
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St. Joseph’s Church image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, September 7, 2015
3. St. Joseph’s Church
This side faces the road.
St. Joseph's Church image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, October 22, 2007
4. St. Joseph's Church
Rear of St. Joseph's Church image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, October 22, 2007
5. Rear of St. Joseph's Church
Church cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, October 22, 2007
6. Church cornerstone
Stained glass window of Church image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, October 22, 2007
7. Stained glass window of Church
St. Joseph's Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, October 22, 2007
8. St. Joseph's Cemetery
St. Joseph’s Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 5, 2005
9. St. Joseph’s Church Marker
Austin J. Durney, Spanish American War Medal of Honor Recipient is buried in St. Joseph's Church Cemetery. His GPS Coordinates are N38.9103 W76.0131 MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION: DURNEY, AUSTIN J. Rank and organization: Blacksmith, U.S. Navy. Born: 26 November 1867, Philadelphia, Pa. Entered service at: Woodland, Mo. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899. Citation: On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Durney set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action
St. Joseph’s Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 5, 2005
10. St. Joseph’s Church Marker
Austin J. Durney photos of new VA marker and old private marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,592 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 19, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 14, 2011, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   3. submitted on September 19, 2015, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 25, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   9, 10. submitted on January 20, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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