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Location: Saint Marys City, MD 20686 St. Mary's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 11.222', W 76° 26.053'

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"...a convenient place for the administration of Justice."

This building is a reconstruction of the colony of Maryland's State House finished in 1676.
The original brick State House was located just north of here on a bluff that is now the cemetery of Trinity Episcopal Church. In that building the Maryland Assembly and courts of law met for nearly twenty years, until the capital moved to Annapolis in 1695.
This reconstruction, like its predecessor, is two and half stories tall. The main floor holds a large chamber for gatherings of the Assembly and the Provincial Court. On the second floor is a committee room for joint business of the Lower House and the Proprietor's Council, as well as the Council meeting room and Secretary's office. Fire-arms and gunpowder for public defense were kept under lock and key in the attic.
This building was constructed as the centerpiece of the Tercentenary Celebration in 1934, marking the 300th anniversary of the founding of Maryland.
"...there by and Equal Assessment uppon the taxable persons of the said province the sume of three hundred and thirty thousand pounds of Tobacco to be payed to John Quigley his heires Executors or administrators who had undertaken to build the said state house & prison by the Last day of October which shall be in the yeare of or Lord God 1676..." — Assembly Proceedings, May-June 1674.
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Date Added Wednesday, March 18th, 2015 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 374396 N 4227539
Decimal Degrees38.18703333, -76.43421667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 11.222', W 76° 26.053'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 11' 13.32" N, 76° 26' 3.18" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 47414 Old State House Rd, Saint Marys City MD 20686, US
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