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March 12, 2009|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,frank.roylance@baltsun.com

To which saint was the 1667 Brick Chapel at St. Mary's City dedicated? Christians then often oriented churches with the sunrise. Archaeologists noticed that the chapel's ruined foundation was aligned with a spot on the eastern horizon where the sun rises Feb. 2. That's Groundhog Day, but also the date of the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin Mary, supporting the historians' obvious best guess.

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