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Mattapany is on the Patuxtent River Naval Air Station You can of course drive along the old road. The area may have taken its name from the Mattapanient Indians who lived nearby.
The sign (which is across the highway from the road) says 'Mattapany Street the first road built by the colonists in Maryland. It led from "St. Marys" to "Mattapany" on the Patuxent River referred to in 1639 as the "Mattapany Path".' At the time the road was built, the site would have been occupied by the Jesuits whose goal was to convert the native people to Christianity.
The historical Mattapany-Sewell mansion is the oldest flag quarters in the U.S. Navy and as Quarters A has been home to many of the base COs. Nicholas Lewis Sewall, son of Henry Sewall, most likely built the mansion known today as Mattapany-Sewall, around 1742.
Two different archeological expeditions were done at the site - one in 1981when they were considering where to locate a pipeline and a second one about 10 years later.
The website on the archeological work says:
"The manor at Mattapany, specifically called Mattapany-Sewall, was granted to Henry Sewall in 1663 in exchange for 15,000 pounds tobacco. The total area measured out to 1,000 acres, a sizable amount of land even by the standards of the time. At this time, Henry Sewall was a close friend of the Calvert family, and is listed as a merchant and Secretary...at the time of his death, he owned perhaps 8,000 acres. Henry Sewall was survived by his widow and children, Nicholas, Elizabeth, Mary, Anne, and Jane, and to them he left the great majority of his estate, including Mattapany.
"... In 1661, Charles Calvert (son of the second Lord Baltimore) assumed the office of Governor, having just arrived in the Maryland colony. He lived first at St. John’s in St Mary’s City, and then moved to Mattapany-Sewall in 1666 upon marrying the widow Jane Lowe Sewall. In 1676, Charles became the third Lord Baltimore; he returned to England in 1685 and later died in February of 1715."
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Horseshoe Bend, between Horseshoe Point and Church Point on the east shore and Pagan Point on the west shore is a good big but protected anchorage. It's best to anchor on the south side because if you have a boat with a keel, the current will keep the boat swinging around if you anchor at the north end.
Equipment: Bring everything you need because there are no services here. You can bring a dinghy in to the St. Mary's College docks, but other than touring St. Mary's City, or going to the post office or church, there's nothing here for the cruisers. There is a gas station and mini mart (Cooks) up the road about 5 miles, and another one in the other direction about 5 miles - that's all.
Written Jun 17, 2003
Address: 38.11.45 N 076.26.05 W