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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | October 5, 2000
ST. INIGOES - After nearly 20 years of searching along a riverside here, archaeologists say they have found one of the oldest English footholds in Maryland - a Jesuit plantation called St. Inigoes House. Historians say the Jesuits arrived with the first settlers in 1634, aboard the Ark and the Dove, and built their first chapel in St. Mary's City. By 1638, they were also harvesting tobacco and corn at St. Inigoes to finance their mission to convert and educate Indians and colonists. Yesterday, at the U.S. Navy's Webster Field where the discoveries were made, archaeologists displayed fragments of Indian tobacco pipes, trade beads, lead shot, gun flint and European domestic refuse.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,frank.roylance@baltsun.com | June 19, 2009
It's been 75 years since Marylanders last got a look at the 17th-century document in which King James I declared George Calvert the first Lord Baltimore. But they'll get another chance Saturday as the continuing celebration of the state's 375th birthday reaches Historic St. Mary's City. Visitors to the state's archaeological museum village, on the site of the colony's first capital, will also enjoy tall ships, music, a "1634 ale" specially brewed for the occasion, food and entertainment.
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By Bill Glauber and Bill Glauber,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | May 11, 1996
LONDON -- In 1961, the Rev. Gordon C. Taylor came to Baltimore to spin a marvelous tale for the Maryland Historical Society. He spoke of searching through records to discover that Maryland's founder was buried in an unmarked grave on the site of a gorgeous old church named St. Giles-in-the-Fields.Taylor, the rector of St. Giles since 1949, figured he might entice Marylanders to create a memorial to Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore. He just didn't count on it taking so long.Yesterday, more than 300 people, including Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Adm. William J. Crowe Jr., U.S. ambassador to Britain, gathered at St. Giles to dedicate a memorial to Calvert more than 320 years after his death.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,frank.roylance@baltsun.com | March 8, 2009
ST. MARY'S CITY -Henry Miller's assignment might have been hopeless. As research director for Historic St. Mary's City, he was expected to guide the reconstruction of the first Roman Catholic house of worship in English America, for which no drawings or even written descriptions have ever been found. All that was left of the 1667 Brick Chapel in Maryland's first Colonial capital were its huge, 3-foot-thick brick foundation and thousands of fragments of glass, lead, brick and plaster sifted from the soil during 20 years of painstaking archaeology.
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By James Bock and James Bock,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 5, 1990
ST. MARY'S CITY -- A 17th-century crypt containing at least three lead coffins, possibly the burial place of Colonial Gov. Philip Calvert and other members of the family that founded Maryland, was uncovered here yesterday.Discovery of the crypt beneath the remains of the 1667 Great Brick Chapel, the cradle of Roman Catholicism in English-speaking North America, was hailed as among the most significant archaeological finds ever in the state."In terms of religious and political significance, it ranks extremely high," said Dr. Edward Papenfuse, state archivist.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Evening Sun Staff | November 13, 1990
ST. MARY'S CITY -- Archaeologists excavating the remains of the Great Brick Chapel in St. Mary's City have detected a mysterious object beneath the 323-year-old Catholic church's ruins.Ground-penetrating radar used to map disturbed earth beneath the chapel floor located the extremely dense object in August, under the north transept of the cross-shaped church. Project scientists say the object is even denser than the building's 3-foot-thick brick foundation."It could be something natural, like a rock," said Henry Miller, chief archaeologist for Historic St. Mary's City.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,SUN STAFF | October 13, 1996
In 1695, the biggest and most fashionable private residence in St. Mary's City, and one of the most impressive in all of English America, was mysteriously blown apart by 900 pounds of gunpowder stored in its cellar.The mansion -- called St. Peter's Freehold by its owner, Maryland Chancellor Philip Calvert -- was never rebuilt. Maryland's capital was moved from St. Mary's to Annapolis, the settlement vanished beneath farmers' plows, and the location and appearance of St. Peter's were forgotten.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Erin Texeira contributed to this article | May 2, 1998
ST. MARY'S CITY -- A showdown in the tiny waterfront town of St. Mary's City ended yesterday when Benjamin C. Bradlee, chairman of the Historic St. Mary's City Commission, told 40 angry residents that the site's popular executive director had resigned.But Bradlee would not tell supporters of Candace Matelic, 45, the circumstances of her departure after less than a year at the head of the state's outdoor living-history museum.The terms of a potential agreement with Matelic barred him from discussing the matter, he told a crowd that confronted him and other members of the commission at its regular meeting.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Ronnie Greene contributed to this article | January 13, 1997
Two Baltimore County men attending college, one in Southern Maryland and the other in Virginia, were killed in separate automobile accidents over the weekend, said authorities from the two jurisdictions.A single-car crash yesterday claimed the life of Joshua P. Dansicker, 21, of the 2600 block of Cedarhurst Drive in Reisterstown, who was a senior at St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City.On Saturday night, Daniel J. Kelly, 20, of the 300 block of Pressway Road in Timonium and a sophomore at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University at Blacksburg, Va., died shortly after a car struck him as he and another student walked along a campus road.
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By Frank D. Roylance and Frank D. Roylance,Staff Writer | January 9, 1994
The Brome-Howard House in St. Mary's City is 150 years old, but it's still too new to be part of Maryland's plans to revive its vanished 17th-century Colonial capital.On Tuesday, the three-story Greek-Revival mansion, built in 1840 as the center of a 1,800-acre tobacco plantation, is to be rolled down Route 5 toward a new foundation a mile south of its original perch above the St. Mary's River.Four original outbuildings, including a two-room slave quarters, will also be relocated.Historic St. Mary's City, the state's outdoor museum of history and archaeology, has ordered the $220,000 move as part of its mission to uncover and develop the remains of Maryland's first capital.
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By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,SUN REPORTER | August 21, 2008
The Board of Public Works approved two waterfront development proposals yesterday over the objections of environmental activists in Talbot and St. Mary's counties, though Gov. Martin O'Malley issued sharp rebukes to state officials for their handling of community relations. The board - consisting of O'Malley, State Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot - voted unanimously to approve a wetlands license needed for the development of a 30-slip "community marina" at a major new residential development in Easton.
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By Gadi Dechter and Gadi Dechter,Sun Reporter | May 10, 2008
St. Mary's City -- Nezia Munezero and her 10-member family spent years running from one East African refugee camp to another, staying one step ahead of death in a world torn by ethnic warfare and genocide. In 2002, they were resettled in Baltimore. At age 16 and with no knowledge of English, she enrolled at the now-shuttered Southwestern High School and lived in a grim neighborhood beset by urban crime. It was a stepping-stone to a better life, but also another place to flee. "Students at Southwestern weren't friendly toward immigrants," said Munezero, 22, a slight woman with a lilting accent.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Sun reporter | January 30, 2008
ST. MARY'S CITY -- From the outside, the new brick classroom building at St. Mary's College looks much like the other Colonial-style structures on the riverfront campus of this small, historic liberal-arts school. But inside, Goodpaster Hall represents something very different for St. Mary's - and for the rest of Maryland. From the recycled wood flooring to the sod covering part of its roof, it is one of the state's first "green" college buildings, and a potential prototype for many more such taxpayer-funded facilities to come.
ENTERTAINMENT
By MARC SHAPIRO | July 27, 2006
`Abilities Count' The lowdown -- The "Abilities Count" Sports Expo will take place tomorrow at the Farring-Baybrook Recreation Center. Adults and children with disabilities have the chance to go kayaking and horseback riding, and play other sports. If you go -- The recreation center is at 4501 Farring Court. All participants must pre-register. Call 410-396-7072. Great Grapes The lowdown -- Sample hundreds of wines from around the globe, listen to live music and see wine pairing demonstrations at the Great Grapes Wine, Arts and Food Festival this weekend.
NEWS
July 16, 2006
On July 11, 2006, RON SIEGERT, husband of Jeannette Willard Siegert; father of Michael, Kim and Steve Siegert; grandfather of Shannon, Andy, Lauren and Casey Siegert; brother of John and Gene Siegert. He was predeceased by his grandson Josh Siegert. Services and interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Joshua L. Siegert Memorial Education Scholarship Fund, St. Mary's College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary's City, MD 20686.
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January 22, 2006
1648: remarkable Margaret Brent Talk about audacity. On Jan. 21, 1648, Margaret Brent, then 47, appeared before the Maryland General Assembly and requested two votes: one for herself as a landowner and one as Lord Baltimore's attorney. Her request was denied, but she is remembered as a remarkable woman of the 17th century. Brent and other family members came to the Maryland colony empowered with a land grant, hailing from a landed Catholic family in Gloucestershire, England. Her single status was unusual because in Maryland she entered a society in which men outnumbered women about six to one. The governor, Leonard Calvert, did not fare well during a period of religious strife.
FEATURES
By Dorothy Fleetwood and Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer | March 19, 1995
It's Maryland's 361st birthday, and a good place to celebrate is the state's original settlement and capital at St. Mary's City. "Maryland Days" will be held there with pomp and pageantry from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and March 26Visitors will be transported by horse-drawn wagon from the Visitor Center to the activities in Governor's Field, or they can use the free shuttle bus. There will be displays by Maryland museums in the Visitor Center, and the...
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Dorsey | January 30, 1997
For her exhibit "Alternate Encyclopedia," showing at St. Mary's College where she teaches, Sue Johnson creates prints which combine animal and plant forms from old sources into hybrid creatures that never existed but look as if they might have. They include "The habitat of the enigmatic Faucet Tree Owl," which shows an owl with a flower growing out of its head, sitting on a tree branch that's actually a water faucet. And "Rabbit Bush (extinct, last spotted 1838)," shown here, a combo that looks like a rabbit growing out of the top of a bush.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | November 25, 2004
William Thomas Rowe, a noted artist who established the art department and taught for two decades at St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City, died of complications from a stroke Friday at the home of a daughter in St. Mary's County. He was 81. Mr. Rowe also was known as the "father of men's lacrosse" at St. Mary's -- even though he never played the sport himself. Born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville, Mr. Rowe graduated from Loyola High School in 1941. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and during World War II fought in the South Pacific.
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