Dickerson in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Thomas Sprigg, Jr., patented in 1725 as "Woodstock" 1,102 acres here, inherited in 1782 by Sprigg's three granddaughters, Sophia, Rebecca, and Elizabeth. Sophia married John Francis Mercer (later Governor of Maryland, 1801-1803.) in 1794. Nearly half of the property was conveyed to George Washington to settle a debt owed by Mercer's father. Washington owned this land at his death in 1799.
Erected by Maryland Bicentennial Commission and Maryland Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the George Washington Slept Here marker series.
Location. 39° 11.869′ N, 77° 25.714′ W. Marker is in Dickerson, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Darnestown Road (State Highway 28). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dickerson MD 20842, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Brewer Farmstead (approx. 0.7 miles away); Equestrian Heritage (approx. 0.7 miles away); African American Soldiers from Montgomery County (approx. ¾ mile away); Linden Farm (approx. 1.1 Seneca Stone Barn (approx. 1.1 miles away); In Loving Memory (approx. 1.4 miles away); Beallsville (approx. 1½ miles away); Historic Site [ B&O RR station] (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dickerson.
1. Previous marker
According to the Maryland Historical Trust Historic Sites Survey, a previous version of the marker read:
1102 acres patented 1725 by Thomas Sprigg, Jr. Three of his grandaughters - one of whom, Sophia, married John Francis Mercer, later Governor of Maryland - inherited it and in 1794 conveyed 319 acres to George Washington.
— Submitted March 4, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,725 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 2, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 3. submitted on March 4, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 4. submitted on June 3, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.