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Re: Thomas Sprigg England>MD
Posted by: Linda (Noland) Layman Date: September 22, 2000 at 08:40:59
In Reply to: Re: Thomas Sprigg England>MD by Linda (Noland) Layman of 125

To continue: "It is evident that the timber-framed gambrel-roofed house which stood on the Northampton tract had been erected by Thomas Sprigg I before his death in 1704." (There is a description of the house, a photograph taken about fourteen years before it burned down in 1909, and a drawing of the garden.)

"At Northampton once lived Samuel Sprigg, who was Governor of Maryland from 1819 to 1822. In 1811, on New Year's Day, he brought his bride, Violette Lansdale, to this homestead; and in 1812 their daughter Sally was born. When the British military forces made their attack on Washington, they came to Northampton and, out of regard for the helplessness of the young Violette and her baby, they refrained from burning the home."

"President Madison took refuge here from the British after the Battle of Bladensburg on August 14, 1814...."The event most significant to Northampton was the visit of Pierre L'Enfant, that great French engineer, who planned the Federal City on the banks of the Potomac. He is credited with designing and laying out, in whole, or in part, the gardens at Northampton in the year 1788 - the date of the wing of the house."

"Off to the south once stood a little brick schoolhouse, and to the west stands a 'switch willow,' grown up from a little switch planted over 40 years ago (ca. 1916). The great locust tree, adjacent to the rose beds, has a trunk covered with ivy s4entimentally brought from the Fairfax domicile, Leeds Castle, England. Down the hill and below the garden are two large slave quarters, one a brick duplex, the other with vertical-board walls, each having a central chimney."

I hope this information will be of help to someone. Let me know if there is a question about this information.

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