This Month In County History

1994 : Fountain dedicated to Snoops

September 09, 2005

On Sept. 4, 1994, then-Gov. William Donald Schaefer dedicated a fountain to his longtime companion and official hostess, Hilda Mae Snoops, a few months before leaving office in Annapolis.

The elaborate 12-foot-high bronze fountain was the most notable exterior change initiated by Snoops during her eight-year residence at Government House, and it remains a part of the mansions landscape on the northwest quadrant of the grounds. The $170,000 fountain, which can be seen in the background of an official portrait of Snoops, incorporates Maryland wildlife and agricultural symbols, such as blue crabs, oysters, terrapins, rockfish, waterfowl, white oak leaves, corn and wheat.

There was little love lost between Schaefer and his successor, Gov. Parris N. Glendening, especially after Glendening ordered the fountains water shut off during a drought. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a Schaefer ally, turned the fountain back on during a ceremony in April 2003. ---Source: Sun archives

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