St. Mary’s City in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Commemorating Maryland’s Pride and Glory
“Freedom of Conscience”
This statue was paid for by donations from various counties in the state. It is graced by a garden, redesigned in 2000 as a community project. The “BayScapes” garden embodies the concept of environmentally sound landscaping developed by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. By relying heavily on native species that do not require pesticides, fertilizers or supplemental watering, this garden benefits people, wildlife, the St. Mary’s River, and ultimately the Bay.
The garden is sponsored by St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission, St. Mary’s Parish, the Governor’s Lower Potomac Tributary Team, the Mistress Brent Garden Club, and the Maryland State Highway Administration. Financial support was provided by Andros, Inc. and the St. Mary’s County Critical Area Commission.
(sidebar) “No man who repairth thither is a Christian in danger of being disturbed for his religion.” —John Ogilby, 1671.
(sidebar) The Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) is the state flower and represents the black and gold family colors of the Calverts, the founders of Maryland. Its perennial version, Rudbeckia Fulgida, is planted here.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Saint Mary's City marker series.
Location. 38° 11.307′ N, 76° 25.968′ W. Marker is in St. Mary’s City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Trinity Church Road west of Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Marys City MD 20686, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Mary’s Female Seminary (a few steps from this marker); Saint Mary’s Female Seminary (about 600 feet away, measured After the Disastrous Fire (about 600 feet away); Sharing Land and Legacy (about 700 feet away); Governing (about 700 feet away); The St. Mary’s Chapel (about 700 feet away); Trinity Church, St. Mary’s Parish (about 800 feet away); Here Lyeth The Body (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leonard Calvert (approx. 0.2 miles away); Entrance to First State House of Maryland (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Mary’s City.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 20, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,455 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 20, 2007, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on March 28, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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