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St James Church

  • Also Known As: Old Herring Creek also St. James, Lothian

  • Address: 5757 Solomons Island Rd (MD 2)
  • Vicinity: N of Bay Front Rd, 3 mi E of Bristol
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

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St James Church


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1665/00/00 1665 tombstone of Ann Birkheadt can be found in St James' cemetary.
1695/00/00 The vestry of St James' Parish, Old Herring Creeke, orders a church built on the present site. Maryland's Act of Establishment
1698/00/00 First Parochial Lending Library is established by the Rev Dr Thomas Bray. As of 2016, the library is currently open in the parish hall and includes two of the original books.
1706/00/00 England's Queen Ann gives St James' a bell.
1722/00/00 Born in 1676, Rev Henry Hall dies in 1722. Hall is buried in the chancel of St James Church.
1723/00/00 Mrs William Locke gifts the tablet's at St James' alter, bearing the Creed, the Lord's Prayer and the ten Commandsments.
1724/00/00 Silver almsbowl is donated by the widow of Revenered Hall.
1732/00/00 Mr William Locke bequeaths the Baptismal bowl to St James church that is still in use.
1747/00/00 Stocks, a whipping post and two horse racks are built. Colonist are told they could be whipped if they did not donate their required amounts of tobacco to the Episcopal Church, the official religion of the colony.
1765/00/00 Current St James brick building with hand-plastered ceiling replaces the dilapidated first structure, 1763-1765.
1785/00/00 Mason Locke Weems Vocation Reverend Weems becomes the first minister to serve St James Church who did not take an oath of allegiance to England at his ordination.
1792/00/00 Bishop Thomas John Claggett Vocation Rev Thomas Claggett, 7th rector of St James', resigns to become the first bishop of Maryland. The current rector (as of 2016), the Rev William H C Ticknor, Bishop Claggett's great-great-great-great-grandson, has served the parish since 1973.

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Particulars for St James Church:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Area of Significance Religion
Historic Use Religious Property

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 72000565
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Level of Significance: State
Area of Significance: Architecture, Religion
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering, Person
Criteria Consideration: Religious property
Period of Significance: 1750-1799
Significant Year: 1763
Associated People: Weems,Mason Locke
Historic Function: Religion
Historic Sub-Function: Religious structure
Current Function: Religion
Current Sub-Function: Religious structure

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