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Havre de Grace in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Out of the Flames

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
Out of the Flames Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
1. Out of the Flames Marker
Inscription. Rodgers House miraculously survived the 1813 burning of Havre de Grace. Dating from 1788, this is the town's oldest documented structure.

John and Elizabeth Rodgers, parents of U.S. Naval hero John Rodgers, operated a tavern here. They also owned the Rodgers Tavern in Perryville, along with a ferry business connecting the two.

"The enemy set fire three times to Mrs. Ro(d)gers' house...but it fortunately each time was extinguished, though they defaced and mutilated much..."
Rev. James Jones Wilmer, 1813

Naval Dynasty
Commodore John Rodgers is credited with firing the first shot of the war June 23, 1812. His son, John Rodgers, born at the family home, Sion Hill, commanded ironclads in the Civil War. In all, the Rodgers family includes four generations of naval officers.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 32.973′ N, 76° 5.384′ W. Marker is in Havre de Grace, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker is at the intersection of N. Washington Street and St. John Street, on the left when traveling south on N. Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Havre de Grace MD 21078, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Out of the Flames Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
2. Out of the Flames Marker
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rochambeau Plaza (here, next to this marker); War in the Chesapeake (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); "O! say can you see..." (about 500 feet away); Surprise Attack (about 500 feet away); No Respect (approx. 0.2 miles away); Matilda O'Neill Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Post Road: Susquehanna Lower Ferry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Susquehanna Lower Ferry (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Havre de Grace.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Rodgers - Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. (Submitted on April 4, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Elizabeth Rodgers House. National Register Nomination Form, HA-798, Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. (Submitted on October 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. George Washington May Have Dined Here
Washington wrote in his diary: "Thursday September 20th, l787 -- Set off after an early breakfast, crossed the Susquehanna and dined at Havre de Grace at the house of one (Colonel) Rodgers, and lodged at Skirett's Tavern twelve miles short of Baltimore." But, this might refer to Rodgers Tavern in nearby Perryville.
    — Submitted October 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne
Rodger's Tavern is still operated as a tavern. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, April 3, 2013
3. Rodger's Tavern is still operated as a tavern.
of Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar of 1812
 
Rodgers Bar image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2012
4. Rodgers Bar
Detail of the Ezra Berger mural in Havre de Grace.
The Bar<br>inside Rodgers House Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2012
5. The Bar
inside Rodgers House Tavern
Portrait of Commodore John Rodgers image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2012
6. Portrait of Commodore John Rodgers
Above the door in the Barroom of Rodgers House Tavern.
Sea Battle image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2012
7. Sea Battle
One of two Sea Battle paintings in the back dining room at Rodgers House Tavern.
Sea Battle image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2012
8. Sea Battle
One of two Sea Battle paintings in the back dining room at Rodgers House Tavern.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 469 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 4, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 6, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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