Old Leonardtown

Leonardtown is the oldest municipality in Maryland & sole incorporated town in St. Mary's County. When Leonard Calvert and his original colonists arrived in what is now Maryland in March 1634, they immediately set about establishing the civil boundaries as they had known them in England. Although the first county, St. Mary's was not formally established until 1637, the county seat was set up at town site of the Yaocomico Indians, which was renamed St. Mary's, in honor of Mary, the mother of Jesus, under whose protection the venture was placed.The county seat remained at St. Mary's City until 1654 when mention is made of the county court being conducted at the house of John Hammond in the area known as Newtown (Leonardtown). From 1634 to 1708 the court was conducted in the homes of various gentlemen of note in the Newtown area. In 1708, Mr. Phillip Lynes, the Mayor of St. Mary's City, gave to the colony 50 acres of land known as "Shepherd's Old Fields" at the head of Breton Bay.  According to the Early Leonardtown Chronology, this parcel was deeded to Philip Lynes by John & Mary Shepheard on 5 April 1692.


Mall (moll) DYER HISTORY

Mall (moll) DYER HISTORY Moll Dyer is the name of a legendary 17th-century resident of Leonardtown, Maryland, who was said to have been accused of witchcraft and chased out of her home by the local townsfolk on a winter night. Her body was found a few days later, partially frozen to a large stone.

Stories say her spirit haunts the land, looking for the men who forced her from her home. The land near her cabin is said to be cursed, never again growing good crops, and an unusual number of lightning strikes have been recorded there. A white dog is mentioned as causing accidents on Moll Dyer road.

One interviewee reported that while hunting along Moll Dyer's Run around 1970 he saw a "very dense fog patch, cylindrical in shape, with the light emanating about eight inches down from the top.... It crossed the stream and went east ... moving across the wind instead of with the wind ... then turned and went south.... But what made it really strange was that it did it twice! ... I'm not saying that it was the spirit of Moll Dyer. I just don't know what it was."

The story has survived for generations, though no historical record has been found of Moll Dyer's existence.