About the Farm

The sub-division of St. Cuthbert’s, owned by Walter Briscoe, Esq., at the far boundary of the manor and on the creek, which commem- orates the Saxon Saint as well as the former owner, nestles down by this inlet of the Patuxent, a quaint reproduction of one of the old English countn houses; its broad chimneys at the back, the fine sweep of the river, where the river road used to be, the old-fashioned garden, all contribute to make thir. centre of truest Maryland hospitality a notable feature of lower Fenwick manor. The next manorial allotment brings us to the ” honors and benefits ” conferred on an Englishman, who led out a notable number of relatives and adherents to the colony of Maryland. When Robert Brooke, Esq., in the months following the execution of the King, arrived at the roadstead, at the mouth of the Patuxent River, into which the ships still come out of the storm and stress oc- casionally prevailing in the Chesapeake Bay, his journeyings in strange writers were well nigh over, for as he sailed up the richly wooded shores of the Patuxent River for twenty miles, he was in sight of his own territory, since the greater part of the southern shore of the river Mas included in the county laid out for him by unique and special order of the Lord Proprietary. Its metes and bounds were ” the south side of the Patuxent River, be- ginning at the Susquehanna point, extending to the middle of the woods toward St. Maries, southward, westward along the middle of the woods, betwix Potomac and Patuxent Rivers as far as Mattapanient toward the head of the Patuxent, and from thence again eastward along the river side to the said Susquehanna point into a county by the name of Charles, Robert Brooke, Esq., to be its Commander.” There are other commissions; the list is too long to be given here. They can all be found in the Maryland Archives, Assembly and Coun- cil Proceedings.