Historic Hancock's Resolution to reopen for tours Sunday with firearms exhibit


March 31, 2000|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AFTER A LONG winter's sleep, Hancock's Resolution -- Pasadena's unpolished link to post-Revolution America -- will reopen to visitors Sunday.

The county historic site will offer free tours conducted by docents from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through October.

The farmhouse and outbuildings -- which remain largely unimproved -- were constructed about 1785, but the property dates to earlier times.

Ownership remained in the Hancock family until 1962. The county acquired the site several years ago and opened it to the public for the first time for tours from April through October.

"Hancock's Resolution exists now in its prerestoration, damaged state," said Jim Morrison, president of the Friends of Hancock's Resolution, volunteers who have sought funding for several years for the restoration work. With a grant from the county, state and Maryland Historical Trust, the work will pick up steam this summer.

Last week, archaeologists and volunteers began studies aimed at determining the farm's layout. "We have an idea about where some things were, but archive records are sketchy so we do not really know exactly what we have," Morrison said.

Plans include establishing a historic kitchen garden to complement the dooryard garden and building an accurate windlass to draw nonpotable water from the 18th-century well for crops.

Opening day festivities will include an exhibition of antique firearms.

Robert Cheel, a collector of antique muzzle-loading firearms, will display his collection of weapons from pre-Revolutionary times through the War of 1812, as well as a smaller collection of American, British and French weapons.

Cheel will be available to answer questions and may, weather permitting, fire his flintlock muskets.

Donations to help the restoration are appreciated. The park is on Bayside Beach Road, about 2.5 miles off Fort Smallwood Road. Information: 410-255-4048.

Science fair contestants

Eight junior high pupils from St. Jane Frances School in Riviera Beach competed recently in the county regional Science and Engineering Fair at the Naval Academy.

"Our student researchers all received recognition for their wonderful projects," said Rene Hammond, assistant principal.

Seventh-grader Joseph Norton won the Public Health Service and Discovery Young Scientist Challenge 2000 awards for his project on the effect of liquids on the heart rate.

Sixth-graders Monica Przybysz and Daniel Holub won several awards, including first-place honors in physics -- she for a project on finding the acceleration of gravity using a pendulum, and he for a project on rocket stability.

Mark Hammond, also in the sixth grade, received several awards, including a Coast Guard engineering honor and second place in the engineering category.

Sixth-grader Ricky Davis received first place in chemistry for a project on the effect of salt concentration on conductivity.

Seventh-graders Julia Cox, Ryan Pervola and Cole Rogers received honorable mentions for their projects in health and medicine.

"We are proud of each of them," the assistant principal said.

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