A Most Convenient Place
1650 - 1950
by Aleck Loker
Loker has written a comprehensive history of Leonardtown, the county
seat of St. Mary's County. The book traces the development of
the town from a colonial concept for a second town in St. Mary's
County dating back to the very beginning of the colony and the
county. The story develops through the conflicts that beset
colonial Maryland and the several wars that left their imprint on
this land, starting with the Revolutionary War, up through the Civil
War. The author describes how the town grew economically and
socially through the 19th and early 20th centuries and illustrates
the impact of the two world wars on Leonardtown.
The book is lavishly illustrated with old photographs, maps and charts. Extensive reference notes follow each chapter, and a 14 page index contains thousands of surname and subject references. The format is 8 1/2 by 11 inches, more than 240 pages, with approximately 100 photographs. The book is case bound and the covers incorporate a four-color adaptation of the Leonardtown mural.
Those interested in local history will find this book entertaining reading a well as highly informative. It will have wide appeal in the Southern Maryland market. The retail price of the book is $40.00 plus 6% sales tax.