American Revolutionary War Patriots to be Remembered
At 11:00 A.M., Saturday, April 10th, the Captain John Smoot Chapter, Maryland Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, will host a ceremony honoring Revolutionary War veterans buried at Christ Church cemetery, 601 Church Street, Cambridge, Maryland. (This will be followed by our annual meeting at the church.)
The Smoot Chapter will be joined by representatives of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the historic Handsell House for the ceremony. The public is invited to attend.
There are ten known Patriots of the American Revolution buried at the cemetery. Most of these graves are marked with the distinctive emblem from the Sons of the American Revolution. However, there will be a marking of additional Patriot graves during the ceremony.
Beginning in 1904, there was an effort to move neglected graves of American Patriots from around Dorchester County to an area known as Heroes Corner in the Christ Church Cemetery.
The ceremony will feature a presentation of colors by the Maryland Sons of the American Revolution Color Guard dressed in Revolutionary War period uniforms.
The Sons of the American Revolution and Daughters of the American Revolution are national patriotic, historical and educational societies whose members are direct descendants of the Patriots who earned our nation’s independence. Both organizations are attempting to identify and document the graves of Revolutionary War Patriots across the Eastern Shore.
I have attached two articles of interest. The first is a 1936 article on the efforts to establish a Heroes Corner at the location of the April 10th. The next article discusses efforts by the SAR in Dorchester County to mark Patriot graves in 1948. The photo attached is of Heroes Corner at the Christ Church cemetery.
Parking is available behind the cemetery, along the street, and about a block away at the Dorchester County Government parking off Court Lane.
For additional information contact Jim Adkins at 410-330-1434.