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Re: Augustine Herman - Bohemia Manor - 1676
Posted by: Linda (Noland) Layman (ID *****8388) Date: April 01, 2006 at 15:37:52
In Reply to: Re: Augustine Herman - Bohemia Manor - 1676 by Keith Churchill of 1126

You might be interested in an article in one of my books "Backroading in Cecil County, Maryland" by Nancy Sawin and Esther Perkins, 1977:

"Bohemia Manor (drawings of the ruins and of the present manor house) was part of the holdings of Augustine Herman who was born in Prague, Bohemia, about 1605 and who sailed to these shores in 1633."

"The present owner, a descendant of Augustine Herman, is James A. Bayard. He has heard that the small end of this brick ruin, nearest the road, may have been built in Herman's time. It does appear that Augustine Herman had the misfortune to build, only to be burned out, several times."

"The present manor house was built in recent times by the late Hon. Thomas F. Bayard, a United States Senator from the State of Delaware."

"The actual site of Augustine Herman's grave is unknown as the stone had been moved many years ago. Senator Bayard restored the stone, and a proper grave now exists to mark the memory of this famous settler."

"A Legend of Augustine Herman - On a business trip to Manhattan, Augustine Herman had engaged in an argument with Peter Stuyvesant, who had Herman arrested and confined to a fort to await the carrying out of a death sentence."

"Herman pretended illness and asked that he be allowed to have his horse, Gustavus, brought to the fort. This granted, Herman was permitted to ride within a certain boundary in order to exercise himself and the horse. While he rode, Herman kept looking for a way to escape. The chance came, and Herman got into a small boat and paddled rapidly across the North River with Gustavus swimming along side. Once across, Augustine Herman mounted and sped swiftly home to Maryland."

"This man's love for his horse was so great that a portrait was commissioned of Herman with Gustavus in the background."

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