Reliance in Dorchester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Patty Cannon's House
Erected 1939 by State Roads Commission.
Location. 38° 38.122′ N, 75° 42.476′ W. Marker is in Reliance, Maryland, in Dorchester County. Marker is at the intersection of Finchville Reliance Road (Maryland Route 392) and Reliance Road (Maryland Route 577), on the left when traveling east on Finchville Reliance Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rhodesdale MD 21659, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Cannon/Johnson Kidnapping Gang (within shouting distance of this marker in Delaware); Oak Grove Crownstone (approx. 2.9 miles away in Delaware); Bethel Church (approx. 3.4 miles away in Delaware); Cannon's Ferry (approx. 3.6 miles away in Delaware); Woodland Ferry (approx. 3.8 miles away in Delaware); Stein Highway (approx. 4.3 miles away in Delaware); Seaford Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away in Delaware); Cannon-Maston House (approx. 4.9 miles away in Delaware).
More about this marker.
Regarding Patty Cannon's House. The marker only hints at the sinister activities of Patty Cannon and her gang of kidnappers. She and her accomplices (and no doubt many others) would kidnap slaves and free blacks and transport them to the deep south where they would be sold for a high profit. Cannon's prey were imprisoned, tortured, and occasionally killed at her home in the attic, basement, and hidden rooms. Cannon was eventually arrested and died in jail, supposedly by suicide.
An 1884 book, "The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend, describes the activities of Patty Cannon and her gang. For more information, see the Wikipedia and PBS pages on Patty Cannon.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Patty Cannon. (Submitted on December 26, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.)
2. Transcript of PBS TV Show "History Detectives" on Patty Cannon's House. (Submitted on December 26, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Antebellum South, US • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Notable Events • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 5,553 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 26, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. 3, 4. submitted on February 11, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.