Part of visiting a historical church is taking time to walk through the cemetery. I find old cemeteries fascinating. And they make wonderful photo opportunities. With the church as a background the old tomb stones take on a special story all their own.
During the War of 1812 with England many of the small towns and villages all along the Chesapeake Bay were raided and damaged. It is said that the Christ Church at Chaptico was desecrated and damaged during the war. There are conflicting stories of what actually happened. The historcial marker at the church honestly tells both sides of the story. Its difficult now to know what actually happened. But I would think if you put the two stories together there is a little truth in both sides. The colonist claimed the British invaded the city, destroyed homes and damaged the church. There are even claims that the cooked meals on grave sites and ate them at the sacremental table in the church. The British story says they came into the town and were welcomed and the women of the village sang hymns with them. Two very different stories. It was interesting to read both stories with out judgement on the the historical marker at the church. It is known that the church was damaged, windows were broken, and repairs had to be made.
Christ Church in Chaptico, Maryland is one of the old churches in the United States to be in continual use. The church is over 300 years old. The first congregation in Chaptico was started just six years after the first colonial settlement in Maryland. The actual church building was completed in 1736.
Driving from Baltimore, I visited here on a day trip in the summer of 2008. I took many day trips to visit local historical sites during this summer. I made a point to locate Chaptico on my road map so I could visit this historical church. Mark, my daughter Katie and I spent some time walking around the church, taking some pictures and reading the various historical markers at the church location.