Saint Andrews Estates Travel Guide

  • Sign on St. Andrew's Church road
    Sign on St. Andrew's Church road
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  • St Andrew's Church
    St Andrew's Church
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  • St. Andrews Church and graveyard
    St. Andrews Church and graveyard
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Saint Andrews Estates Shopping

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    by grandmaR Written Sep 11, 2004

    Along the local roads you will see farm stands selling vegetables. Some of them are run by the Amish (you can tell because there will be a horse and carriage hitched nearby) and some will be manned by non-religious oridinary local people. Some of them have a bell you can ring, and some are just on the honor system - you take what you want and pay the amount posted.

    These stands are generally not listed anywhere on the internet.

    St. Andrews Estates itself has absolutely NO regular stores of any kind AFAIK.

    What to buy: Varies with the season.

    What to pay: Varies with the season.

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Budget Travel

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Saint Andrews Estates Off The Beaten Path

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    St. Andrews Church

    by grandmaR Updated Jul 9, 2003

    Historic church in St. Mary's County.

    Considering that the county was settled by Catholics seeking religious freedom, this early Episcopal church shows that they were willing to extend religious freedom to others. The church is still in use. The church was established in 1702, but this building dates from 1767. It was designed by Richard Boulton, an indentured servant to Col. George Plater who owned Sotterly Mansion.

    Some notable architectural features of the church are the inset portico, the Flemish-bond brick work, the Palladian window, the two massive towers, each with two statuary niches, (the front facade is pictured on the intro page) and two balconies, the upper balcony being served by a separate outside door and staircase. The interior still contains the original box pews and the barrel ceiling .

    For a better picture of the front of the church, see my St. Andrews Estates Intro page

    The reredos, the most unique feature of the church, was painted in 1771 when the vestry supplied one "John Friech, Limner," with lamp black, white vitriol, and a book of gold leaf to finish the alter piece. He was paid 16 pounds, 10 shillings currency plus his board and materials. It took him five weeks to complete this work. It displays the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments and Creed. Whereupon Thomas Thompson was hired by the vestry for seven shillings and six pence "to glue the big board." The "board," surrounded by carving, forms the altar piece envisioned in Richard Boulton's plan

    St. Andrews recently had a heat plant installed and currently is open year round.

    Times of Services: Sun 8,10.30
    Type of Church: Parish
    Size of Congregation: 400 - 500
    Sunday School: Yes
    School: Yes

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    • Family Travel
    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

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