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Patty Cannon's House

 
 
Patty Cannon's House Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, December 8, 2007
1. Patty Cannon's House Marker
Inscription. At Johnson's cross roads where the noted kidnapping group had headquarters as described in George Alfred Townsend's novel "The Entailed Hat". The house borders on Caroline and Dorchester Counties and the State of Delaware.
 
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.
Cannon House? image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, December 8, 2007
2. Cannon House?
The marker is located in front of this house, which is on property once owned by Patty Cannon. But a 2004 PBS TV Show "History Detectives" proved that this house was built after Patty Cannon's death in 1829, and that the Patty Cannon house was demolished in 1948.
The location of the marker implies that the house behind it is the Patty Cannon house. However, a PBS TV Show "History Detectives" determined that this house was built some time after Patty Cannon's death in 1829, and that the real Cannon house was located maybe a few hundred yards away and demolished in 1948. According to Charles Adams "Roadside Markers in Maryland", 2002, the marker was erected by the State Roads Commission in 1939 at which time the real Patty Cannon house would have been standing nearby.
 
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.)
Neaby Stood<br>Patty Cannon's House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2014
3. Neaby Stood
Patty Cannon's House Marker
The words "Nearby Stood" have been added to the marker to disabuse readers of the thought that the house behind the marker is Patty Cannon's house.

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 AmericansAntebellum South, USCemeteries & Burial SitesNotable EventsNotable Persons
 
Nearby Stood<br>Patty Cannon's House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 9, 2014
4. Nearby Stood
Patty Cannon's House Marker
 
 
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 5,431 times since then and 153 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.
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