The St. Mary's Chapel

The St. Mary's Chapel (HM1S0T)

Location: Saint Marys City, MD 20686 St. Mary's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 11.234', W 76° 26.078'

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Maryland's First Brick Church

The St. Mary's Chapel, built about 1667, was Maryland's first major brick building. The structure was built in the form of a cross, 55 feet long and 57 feet wide at the arms of the cross. In frontier Maryland, where most settlers lived in humble wood cottages, this was a remarkable building. All that remains of the chapel is its massive brick foundation, measuring three feet wide and five feet deep.

There are hundreds of unmarked graves in and around the chapel. This site was cemetery for St. Mary's City the earliest years of settlement. Many of Maryland's founders lie here in long-forgotten graves. In 1990, three lead coffins were discovered buried in the left arm or transept of the cross-shaped building. These are the first 17th-century lead coffins found by archaeologist in North America.
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HM NumberHM1S0T
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 9:04am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 374360 N 4227561
Decimal Degrees38.18723333, -76.43463333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 11.234', W 76° 26.078'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 11' 14.04" N, 76° 26' 4.68" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 47414 Old State House Rd, Saint Marys City MD 20686, US
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