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Owings in Calvert County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A County in Ruin

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
A County in Ruin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
1. A County in Ruin Marker
Inscription. British raiding parties brought the war to Calvert County in 1814, destroying plantations and towns and carrying away the spoils. With the county’s tobacco-based economy and England as its primary market at the start of the war, Britain’s blockade of Chesapeake waters was devastating for local residents.

The Maryland Gazette reported “a retaliatory system of plunder and conflagration” by the British following the Battles of St. Leonard Creek. People fled their homes. The original towns of Huntington and St. Leonard were burned to the ground. Many residents left war-torn Maryland to start anew elsewhere. Recovery following the War of 1812 was especially difficult for Calvert and the rest of Southern Maryland.

Some places to learn more about the War of 1812 in Calvert County
*Prince Frederick
Site of British raid and burning of courthouse and jail
*Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park
Plantation house; site where Royal Marines landed to join in the march to Washington
*Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
Exhibits; site of largest naval engagement in Maryland history *Calvert Marine Museum-Exhibits depicting the British presence in Southern Maryland.

“In Calvert County absolute ruin has… overwhelmed its citizens…”
Maryland Gazette, June 30, 1814

(Inscription

Close up of the map on the A County in Ruin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
2. Close up of the map on the A County in Ruin Marker
below the main image)
The British often targeted stores of tobacco in their efforts to damage local economies.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 41.503′ N, 76° 38.417′ W. Marker is in Owings, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker is on Southern Maryland Blvd (SR 4). Touch for map. The marker is located on the grounds of the Fairview Public Library and Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Owings MD 20736, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Calvert County (within shouting distance of this marker); Smithville United Methodist Church (approx. 2.4 miles away); Harriet Elizabeth Brown (approx. 2.7 miles away); The First All Saints Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); All Saints Episcopal Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Lower Marlboro Town (approx. 3.3 miles away); Lower Marlboro (was approx. 3.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Town Ravaged (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Owings.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
A distant shot of the A County in Ruin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
3. A distant shot of the A County in Ruin Marker
A County in Ruin Marker-Panel 2 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
4. A County in Ruin Marker-Panel 2
A County in Ruin Marker-Panel 3 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
5. A County in Ruin Marker-Panel 3
Sign at the entrance to the Fairview Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
6. Sign at the entrance to the Fairview Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 17, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 17, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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