Defenders Day Returns to Elk Landing on April 28 as Judge Sample Reminisces About British Attack on Elkton

Cecil Whig headline for a column about the attack on Elk Landing.

Press Release – Historic Elk Landing Foundation

“They were a wretched, cowardly set of marauders, going only to those points which were unprotected.”  That’s how Judge Thomas Jefferson Sample described the British sailors and Marines who attempted to invade and burn Elkton 199 years ago this coming weekend.

On Saturday, April 28th you’ll have a chance to hear more from Judge Sample as he reminisces about his days at Elk Landing and his firsthand account of events there from April, 1813 when the British met their match at Forts Hollingsworth and Defiance.

Begin your trip back in time this Saturday with a welcoming from Elk Landing proprietor Zebulon Hollingsworth himself, as the gates open at 10 a.m.

At 10:45, it’s show time, featuring fifth grade students from Holly Hall Elementary School performing their skit, “The Invasion of Frenchtown” highlighting the British capturing and burning of the Frenchtown hamlet just a mile or so south of Elk Landing in 1813. The skit also recognizes the heroics of 20 year old slave woman, Hetty Boulden, for misdirecting the British and leading them into the guns of Fort Hollingsworth at Elk Landing.

The Hollingsworth House and our Stone Structure (both present for the original battle) will be open for tours. Refreshments will also be offered for sale. Admission to the event is free as is ample parking just outside the gates to the grounds.


4 responses to “Defenders Day Returns to Elk Landing on April 28 as Judge Sample Reminisces About British Attack on Elkton

  1. Patrick Graves

    Mike: I am new to your posts. Love them! My family, the Terrys, were from Cecil County from the 1700-1900s. My ggrandfather, Robert J. Terry (1841-1907), was in the Purnell Legion. His brother was killed t Cold Harbor, VA, June 3, 1864. Is there an index of your posts so that I might see if any are relevant to my family?

    • Thanks Patrick. On the sidebar, near the top of the page, is a search engine. Enter the name you’re looking for and it’ll search all the blog articles. Also there is the archives page, where you can scan the images. Finally there’s a subscription button, which will forward articles to you as they’re posted.

  2. Mike — Want to tell you thanks for the informative blog. Although I’m new to the area, I enjoy reading your posts and history on this one and the Delmarva Blog. Thanks again for all the work you put into this.


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