When members of the Sprigg family took their ease at "Strawberry Hill," the Sprigg Country Seat near Annapolis during those turbulent days prior to the American Revolution, they may have dreamed of the family domicile sheltering many generations to follow, for they and their compatriots were planning for posterity. According to the Archives of Maryland Richard Sprigg was a member of the committee named in Anne Arundel County "to enforce the resolutions and ordinances enacted by the Continental Congress"; and an entry in George Washington's diary during one of his visits in Annapolis records for September 29, 1773: "Dined at Mr. Spriggs and went to the play in the evening." Nearly a half century later, another member of the Sprigg family became Governor of Maryland. But neither the Spriggs nor the famous Washington could have envisioned how the rolling acres of "Strawberry Hill," lying between the picturesque Severn River and its estuary Robert's Creek, were to become a revered and hallowed place—a shrine around which countless memories cluster.
The Naval Academy Cemetery on "Strawberry Hill"
By Ruby R. Duval