Historical Markers and War Memorials in Leonardtown, Maryland
Leonardtown is the county seat for St. Mary's County
Leonardtown is in St. Mary's County
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In July 1813, British troops seized St. Clements and St. George Islands and established a base at Point Lookout. From there they repeatedly raided the countryside, terrorizing local residents
They ramped up their assault in the summer of . . . — — Map (db m80392) HM
The Breton Bay area has a rich and significant human history, beginning as early as 13,000 years ago. Cooler temperatures and lower sea levels at the time meant that the shoreline extended much further than it does today.
The abundant wild . . . — — Map (db m187448) HM
Leonardtown's Early Years
Carved from a large land grant named New Towne Hundred by an act of Maryland's Early Colonial government to advance commerce, this area had been known by several other names --Sheppard's Old Fields, Seymour Towne, . . . — — Map (db m81523) HM
The waterfront was fun and exciting for all ages.
The last quarter of the 19th century has been called Maryland's Golden Age. It was a time of expanding educational and economic opportunities and during those years, the waterfront provided . . . — — Map (db m62711) HM
Imagine the scene here on July 19, 1814, as Breton Bay filled with barges of British Royal Marines intent on attacking Leonardtown. Rear Admiral George Cockburn led the invasion force that came ashore at the town wharf. Raiders also approached the . . . — — Map (db m62640) HM
Named Seymour Town in honor of Governor John Seymour and designated St. Mary’s county seat by the General Assembly in 1708. Name changed to Leonardtown by the General Assembly in 1728 in honor of Leonard Calvert, first colonial governor of . . . — — Map (db m953) HM
When the white citizens of St.
Mary’s County voted here in the
1860 presidential election, John
Breckenridge, the secessionist candidate who carried Maryland, got
920 votes. Abraham Lincoln received 9 percent of the popular Maryland vote; the . . . — — Map (db m187358) HM
In 1860, male voters gathered here at the courthouse to cast their ballots. Before the mid-nineteenth century, voice voting was common, with each voter announcing his choices in front of one and all. Then came paper tickets or ballots colorfully . . . — — Map (db m187359) HM
All lands within 1,000 feet of tidal waters or adjacent to tidal wetlands are in the "Critical Area” that impacts the Chesapeake Bay.
The transition zone between land and water is home to many species of fish, turtles, shorebirds, and other . . . — — Map (db m187450) HM
Lynching in America
Racial terror lynching claimed the lives of at least 6,500 Black people in the United States between 1865 and 1950. After the Civil War, many white people remained committed to upholding white supremacy. In opposition to . . . — — Map (db m187334) HM
The compass rose has appeared on charts and maps since the 1300's when the portolan charts first made their appearance. The term "rose” comes from the figure's compass points resembling the petals of . . . — — Map (db m187451) HM
The Oldest Surviving Building on Washington Street
A Prime Example of Adaptive Re-Use
Listed in the Maryland Historical Trust
1852 – Wesley Chapel
1875 – St.Mary's Reading Room
and Debating Society – Library . . . — — Map (db m81522) HM
A Way of life...never to be seen again. David C. Holly, Tidewater by Steamboat
In the midst of the War of 1812, The Chesapeake, first steamboat built to ply the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, safely made its maiden voyage . . . — — Map (db m62718) HM
On this site, lot 39, as designated of a plat of Leonardtown c. 1728, was constructed the “Great House” of John Stewart. Built c. 1734, the structure stood until 1960 and over the years served many purposes being referenced at various . . . — — Map (db m80379) HM
An elderly, single, migrant to St. Mary's County, Moll Dyer lived alone in a small cabin just south of Leonardtown. Known to practice strange customs, concoct herbal medicines, and suspected of casting spells, Dyer was viewed with suspicion and . . . — — Map (db m187333) HM
The mural scene depicts various time periods in Leonardtown’s history.
In general, the left side of the painting presents an older time period,
around the turn of the century. As you move to the right, the chronology
advances to a point in the . . . — — Map (db m957) HM
This cannon was brought to Maryland in 1634 on The Ark. Used in defense of St. Mary’s City and as a St. Inigoes Manor boundary marker. Presented to St. Mary’s County Historical Society by The Society of Jesus.
(original inscription . . . — — Map (db m956) HM
The Wharf Connected Leonardtown to the outside world.
Before roads were built, or rails laid for trains, goods and people traveled by ship. In the mid-1600s, ships called directly at the wharves of Maryland plantations to pick up tobacco, . . . — — Map (db m62678) HM
Formerly Americus Felix Secundus
Built by Abraham Barnes in 1750
Extensively Enlarged by Philip Key
Is Now Dedicated to All Citizens of
St. Mary's County
As a Free Public Library
The Gift of
Mary Patterson Davidson
1950 . . . — — Map (db m80358) HM WM
The citizens of St. Mary's County dedicate this monument in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice and those who valiantly served
1950 - 1955
• Bennett, Henry A., Pvt USA, Leonardtown, KIA Apr. 11, 1951
• . . . — — Map (db m138982) WM
In 1812, our young Nation went to war against what was then the mightiest sea power on earth - Great Britain. It has been suggested that what Americans call the War of 1812 was instead the "American Theater" of the very first wrold war when France . . . — — Map (db m17428) HM
This Monument is gratefully erected by the citizens of St. Mary's County in honor of her heroes in
the World War 1917-1918 and dedicated to this 11th day of November 1921
Gloria Pro Patria Mori
The Names on this monument are . . . — — Map (db m62749) WM