Prized Property

Prized Property (HM1J6Z)

Location: Edgewater, MD 21037 Anne Arundel County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 53.487', W 76° 32.895'

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Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

— War of 1812 —

A victory off the coast of Brazil inspired John Contee to name this property "Java's Farm." Contee was a lieutenant on the USS Constitution when it captured and burned the British frigate HMS Java, December 29, 1812.
Contee purchased a plantation here called "Sparrow's Rest" in 1819. Whether or not he used prize money from the battle with HMS Java, as legend claims, there is little doubt why he chose the new name.
"Mr. Contee took command of the Marines, and I have pleasure in saying that his conduct was that of a Brave good Officer, and the Marines behaved with great coolness and courage during the action, and annoyed the Enemy very much..."
Captain Isaac Hull to Secretary of the Navy Paul Hamilton, August 28, 1812.
Victories at Sea
Contee was also on USS Constitution on August 19, 1812 when it defeated HMS Guerriere and earned the nickname "Old Ironsides."
(Inscription under the image of the ships) Engraving of the capture of the British frigate Java by USS Constitution, created by Sarony & Major, ca. 1846
(Inscription beside the image of the coin) Medal commemorating defeat of HMS Java. Image/Clements Library, University of Michigan.
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HM NumberHM1J6Z
Series This marker is part of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series
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Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 365726 N 4305869
Decimal Degrees38.89145000, -76.54825000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.487', W 76° 32.895'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 29.22" N, 76° 32' 53.7" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 450-458 Contees Wharf Rd, Edgewater MD 21037, US
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