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Edgewater in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Java Plantation Life

Old Fields to New Plantations

 
 
Java Plantation Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
1. Java Plantation Life Marker
Inscription. The needs of the English settlers were similar to those of the Piscataways. As farmers they wanted good soil, so they often settled near “old fields,” areas once used by Native Americans. Look across the field to the ruins of the Java mansion.

Notice that it is built high on a hill, yet close to a navigable waterway. This was a typical location for the 17th or 18th century houses in Maryland. The house was originally built around 1700 by Thomas Sparrow with successive owners adding to it. By the time John Contee named the property “Java” in 1828, the mansion had 2 ½ stories with hyphens and wings on each side.

For most of three centuries Java was farmed as a business venture. The owner lived elsewhere and an overseer was left in charge.

The mansion burned in 1890 and was rebuilt using fire damaged brick. This left it structurally unsound and it was eventually abandoned. All that remains are the ruins you see.

During the War of 1812, America naval officers were rewarded by Congress for capturing British ships. John Contee served as an officer on the USS Constitution when it captured the HMS Java. According to legend it was with this bounty money that Contee bought this property and named it “Java.”
 
Location. 38° 53.355′ 

Java Plantation Life Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
2. Java Plantation Life Marker
N, 76° 32.929′ W. Marker is in Edgewater, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Dock Road. Touch for map. The marker is near the Java Farm tobacco barn. It is on the grounds of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Marker is in this post office area: Edgewater MD 21037, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Java Plantation Life (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Java Plantation Life (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Java Plantation Life (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Java Plantation Life (a few steps from this marker); Prized Property (approx. 0.2 miles away); Indians of the Chesapeake (approx. 0.3 miles away); Java History Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Old South River Club (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edgewater.
 
Categories. AgricultureColonial EraWar of 1812
 
Java Plantation mansion ruins image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
3. Java Plantation mansion ruins
Java Plantation with the Rhode River in the background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
4. Java Plantation with the Rhode River in the background
Java Plantation farm implement image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
5. Java Plantation farm implement
Java Plantation farm implement image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
6. Java Plantation farm implement
Sign at the entrance to the Java Farm-Smithsonian Environmental Research Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
7. Sign at the entrance to the Java Farm-Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on February 16, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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