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Queen Anne's County, Maryland

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  • Robert Cecil Medlar (1928 - 2016)
    Obituary (Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 26, 2016): ROBERT CECIL MEDLAR "Bob" (Age 88) Of Stevensville, MD passed away on Friday, December 23, 2016. Mr. Medlar was born on October 24, 1928 ...
  • Dorcas Veitch (c.1723 - 1773)
    Dorcas PLUMMER-DEAKINS211 was born about 1722 in Prince George, MD. She died about 1778 in Md. Both Plummer and Deakins surnames have appeared with Dorcas's name. She was possibly the wife of Leonard D...
  • Edward Dorsey, I (1619 - 1659)
    EDWARD DORSEY OF MARYLAND"Considerable research has been conducted professionally in England to prove the parentage of Edward Dorsey of Maryland whose sons gave the peculiar name of 'Hockley-in-the-Hol...
  • Thomas Hemsley Massey (1765 - 1808)
  • Joshua J. Massey (1795 - 1844)

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History

Queen Anne's County has two hundred sixty-five miles of waterfront, much of that being the shores of Kent Island, which stands out from the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. From the waters of this county, watermen have harvested oysters, crabs, and terrapin. Migrating waterfowl overwinter here, and hunting for geese and ducks has been an important part of the county's history. The first Anglo-European settlement in Maryland was on Kent Island on August 21, 1631, and included twenty-five settlers in a manor house, a fort, and other buildings. The settlement was referred to as Winston's Island. The first houses were built similar to log cabins. The county has a number of properties on the National Register of Historic Places, but nothing remains of this original settlement. Stevensville, earlier known as Broad Creek, is one of the oldest towns still existing.

Queen Anne's County was organized under a sheriff in 1706, bounded by Talbot, Kent, and Dorchester counties. In 1713, Queen Anne's County became an English postal district; the sheriff was also appointed as the postmaster and would travel to Annapolis, Maryland by boat across the Chesapeake Bay to obtain mail. In 1773 a part of Queen Anne's County, together with a portion of Dorchester County, was taken to form Caroline County. The county now is enclosed by Talbot, Caroline, and Kent counties, as well as the Chesapeake Bay.

By the time of Independence, the county had several churches, a government, school, and a postal system. It was developed for agriculture, and enslaved African Americans worked the fields of plantations. Tobacco was an early commodity crop but it exhausted the soil. By the Revolution, some planters were converting to mixed agriculture, which was less labor intensive. They sold excess slaves in the domestic trade to the developing cotton plantations of the Deep South.

In 1876, Queen Anne's County had the first printed independent paper called the Maryland Citizen. A bank was located in Centreville; the Centreville National Bank is still operating. A railway was constructed here in 1868; it operated from Baltimore, passing around the top of the Chesapeake Bay down to Queenstown, and connected with other railroads that continued east into Delaware as far as Rehoboth, and southward to the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Adjacent Counties

Towns & Communities

  • Barclay
  • Centreville (County Seat)
  • Chester
  • Church Hill
  • Crumpton
  • Dominion
  • Grasonville
  • Ingleside
  • Kent Narrows
  • Kingstown
  • Love Point
  • Matapeake
  • Millington (part)
  • Price
  • Queen Anne (part)
  • Queenstown
  • Romancoke
  • Ruthsburg
  • Stevensville
  • Sudlersville
  • Templeville (part)

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Wikipedia

Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places