St. Mary’s City

English colonizers began settling in St. Mary’s City in 1634, not long after the founding of Jamestown and Plymouth. It is Maryland’s first capital, located on a beautiful hill overlooking the St. Mary’s River. The original city no longer stands. In 1695 the capital was moved to Annapolis and St. Mary’s virtually vanished, but historians…

Point Lookout

There are places where the energy is not right. The physical beauty of the place does not match the vibes that you get. I imagine that Chernobyl is such a place. Point Lookout was definitely such a place. This is where the Potomac River meets the Chesapeake Bay. The water is blue and vast. I…

St. Clement’s Island

On our first morning in Maryland, we headed over to St. Clement’s Island. This is where the colonists landed and the first Mass was said in the British colonies. Catholics were not popular in England, and giving them some land to settle in the colonies was a big deal. The idea (according to the Catholics) was…

Maryland

There are many parts to this story, beginning with the discovery that my 8th Great Grandfather is none other than Tayac Kittamaquund. I had been stumped with my Queen heritage for some time. It seemed like an unusual name, and I didn’t know many Queens. [See this post about Will Queen, my grandfather.] Whenever I used ancestry.com…

New Blog – shoofoonews

I need a place to put things. Mainly photos for now, but also a place to remember things. I was beginning to feel vulnerable on Facebook. Too exposed. I missed not having a regular blog going on – like the American adventure series. So … ShooFooNews. We are on the road now. I’m not sure…