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Kingsville, Maryland: Hoodoo Marker

"Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark and all the people shall say amen." The rough stone with inscribed hex apparently hasn't been monkeyed with since first placed in 1810, so people are paying attention.

Celebrie Veterinary Hospital

12301 Bel Air Rd, Kingsville, MD
North of town one mile on the east side of US Hwy 1/Bel Air Rd. At the sign for the Celebrie Veterinary Hospital pull into the parking lot. Immediately after leaving the road, the elevation drops about ten feet to get to the parking lot. If you turn toward the road from the parking lot, you will see a tall rough stone next to the guard rail. The top of the stone is below the top of the guard rail, making it difficult to see when driving by on the road.
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Hoodoo Marker.

Hoodoo Marker

The Hoodoo Marker is visible in July 2010.

[Robert L. Hicks, 07/28/2010]

In the photo, it looks like it's become some kind of dumping ground for political campaign signs...tried to harness the hoodoo mojo?

HooDoo Marker.

Hoodoo Marker

This is on the grounds of a veterinary clinic and set slightly off of the road on the East side of Rt. 1. To say more would be to make finding it too easy, but it's there and visible from the road if you're looking at the right time.

For what it's worth, my TomTom GPS doesn't have the street address on the website listed as "valid."

[Fritz, 06/12/2009]

Hoodoo Marker.

Hoodoo Marker

A rough pillar of stone stands by the side of U.S. Route 1 in Kingsville, Maryland, just north of Baltimore. On the side facing the road, there is an inscription: "This stone is in place of a double poplar tree, a boundary of expectation francis freedom alias young's escape and the second boundary of onion's prospect hill, the latter now owned by Edward Day. Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark and all the people shall say amen. Deuteronomy chap 27 verse 17." The inclusion of the quote from the Bible led to this boundary stone to be known as "The Hoodoo Marker."

The Hoodoo Marker was probably set up in 1810 by Edward Day to assert where he believed that the corners of three properties (called "Expectation," "Young's Escape," and "Onion's Prospect Hill") met. His neighbor, Thomas Todd, didn't agree, and it went to court with Edward Day and Thomas Kell against Todd. Todd apparently prevailed, because on March 14, 1814, an agreement was signed by the parties wherein the boundary stone was to be moved, and Todd's legal expenses were to be paid by Day and Kell.

On the reverse of a photograph of the Hoodoo Marker found in the Maryland Historical Archives (King Family Papers MS. 519), there is the following notation: "It is related that Underwood Guyton, a shoemaker of Upper Falls, was present when a boy, at the setting-up of this boundary stone, and that he was caughed [sic] and thrashed by Mr. Day to make him remember the event. This was in accordance with immemmorial [sic] custom."

[Julie Mangin, 01/18/2009]
Tantalizing El Dorado: HooDoo Marker

Near Bel Air, MD, stands one of Roadside America's longest-lived unattainables, the HooDoo Marker. Rumored to be on U.S. 1 near town, it has defied repeated attempts at discovery. Our notes from 1985 read: "Hexed to constrain removal"!

[Roadside America Team, 09/01/1996]

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