Java Plantation Life

Java Plantation Life (HM1J7G)

Location: Edgewater, MD 21037 Anne Arundel County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.355', W 76° 32.929'

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Old Fields to New Plantations

The needs of the English settlers were similar to those of the Piscataways. As farmers they wanted good soil, so they often settled near "old fields," areas once used by Native Americans. Look across the field to the ruins of the Java mansion.
Notice that it is built high on a hill, yet close to a navigable waterway. This was a typical location for the 17th or 18th century houses in Maryland.
The house was originally built around 1700 by Thomas Sparrow with successive owners adding to it. By the time John Contee named the property "Java" in 1828, the mansion had 2 ½ stories with hyphens and wings on each side.
For most of three centuries Java was farmed as a business venture. The owner lived elsewhere and an overseer was left in charge.
The mansion burned in 1890 and was rebuilt using fire damaged brick. This left it structurally unsound and it was eventually abandoned. All that remains are the ruins you see.
During the War of 1812, America naval officers were rewarded by Congress for capturing British ships. John Contee served as an officer on the USS Constitution when it captured the HMS Java. According to legend it was with this bounty money that Contee bought this property and named it "Java."
HM NumberHM1J7G
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Date Added Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 9:03am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 365672 N 4305626
Decimal Degrees38.88925000, -76.54881667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.355', W 76° 32.929'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 21.3" N, 76° 32' 55.74" 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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