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ST. ANDREW’S, NEAR LEONARDTOWN, MARYLAND This Church, Built Probably Before r8oo, Shows the InfHuence of Wren's Followers
tion has been absorbed with American antiques. Architecture, escaping late in the past century from a Victorian Egypt, found itself delivered into an era. of revival of old forms and settings from the Georgian period. The mine of old furniture was discovered, the charm of colonial life was visioned, and America. awoke to its traditions.
The investigation of the life and times of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries has led not only to Britain but to France, Italy, Holland and Spain as well. A well-established background now lends to such studies an understanding and an authority that are clear and unmistakable, with the result that modern imitation in arts and crafts has become intelligent. It is an intelligence that maintains colonial monuments and historical spots and derives from them lovingly. The Atlantic seaboard has been the field for study, and the pursuit has become ever more painstaking and modern creativeness ever more alive to the lesson of the past.
WHOLE No. 389
It is strange, in such an epoch, that the old country churches have received so little popular attention. Less elaborate truly than those of the cities, they abound none the less in beauty, tradition, and
In a few cases the growth of the country has brought some one old church into the center of a modern community, and its charm has at once been acknowledged. As at old St. David's, near Philadelphia, the path of rehabilitation has been easy and "modernization" unnecessary. It is surrounded by one of the finest suburban areas in America, and is threatened by no railroad or factory. Repaired, maintained and cared for in dignity, it stands as it has always stood and is an object of emulation for the present. But it is one of the few; the condition of most is that they barely exist.
This situation carries no reflection upon the loyalty of any local group; they are generally proud of their churches and maintain them to the limit of their means and information. But families have
ST. JAMES', HERRING CREEK
Erected in 1765, Embodies the Best Spirit of the Time. The Design and Construction Are Typical of Grace and Simplicity
moved away and population has become scanty and the neighborhood isolated. Remoteness is the bane, as well as the charm, of the old country church.
In Maryland this handicap is being removed by a growing network of good roads. True, there is St. Andrew's near Leonardtown, which may be reached from the main concrete highway only by a devious and unmarked track that is never at one place either highway or lowway, but a startling mixture of both. Drive here seven miles through dense woodland, seeing never a house nor a soul except it be a trudging negro, and break at last upon a rising ground where the trees are more scarce and dignified and a fence shuts in the graves, with the church in the center crowning the knolla church of fine red brick, with arched windows and curved niches in the towers