National Geographic : 1954 Apr
470 National Geographic Photographers Volkmar Wentzel and Bates Littlehales The Reward Shows No Two Windows on the Same Level in This View Formerly known as Walnut Point, The Reward is built on land patented in 1663. Here Mrs. Edward A. Hurd, Jr., points out features of her father-in-law's home to Garden Club pilgrims. who was known to covet Mistress Brent's property. Hearing Knight was on his way with an armed force, Mistress Brent ordered all her fine fruit trees felled to spite him. It is historically true that Knight did pillage the "howse of Kent fort." He was thorough, "taking the hinges and lockes from the doores," even the doors themselves. A woman of Mistress Brent's temperament would not be out of character in the tree felling role. What if she is known to have been occupied in St. Marys County at the time? Young George Washington likewise was elsewhere when his biographer, Parson Weems, had him chopping down the cherry tree. Returning north on the island, I passed a sign advertising a beach resort: "Kent Is land, Maryland's Newest Waterfront Devel opment." If Claiborne, Cornwaleys, Leonard Calvert, or Mistress Brent had been with me, I might have had difficulty explaining how the State's oldest water-front development could become its newest after more than three centuries. Since they were not, I let the thought rest. My modern pilgrimage to Maryland's homes was over; journey-jaded, but journey-proud in a new sense, I swung onto the highway at Stevensville for home.