Directions: From Pasadena, take Route 2 (Governor Ritchie Highway) south to the Route 50 east exit. From that exit, bear right onto the Route 450 exit making a left at the stop sign onto Route 450. Continue on Route 450 to the traffic light at the base of the Naval Academy Bridge. Make a left onto Route 648 (Baltimore & Annapolis Boulevard) then an immediate right into Jonas Green Park.

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Launch area. No fee.

It was an absolutely beautiful day so Bill and I decided to go out to Annapolis, Maryland to kayak. We had not been to Jonas Green Park which is located on the Severn River. Jonas Green Park offers a sandy beach for boat launching as well as a picnic area. The Severn River is a tidal waterway. The launching site is only 20 yards from the parking lot. Just thirty feet from the shoreline is a distinct drop off with a strong undertow. Winds are normally from 2-10 mph. Prevailing winds are from the NE. Be cautious of boats traveling the deeper waters. The park also has a fishing pier and restrooms (port-a-pots) for public use. This site is handicap accessible. Park hours are from dawn to dusk. For more information call 410-222-6141. The park also has a fishing pier and restrooms for public use. This site is handicap accessible.

Also, during the spring and summer seasons boat rentals are available and tours from Paddle or Pedal. Call for information at 410-991-4268. Paddle or Pedal is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to last rental 5:00 pm. Closed at 6:00 pm. The park hours are from dawn to dusk with the exception of fishing pier which is open 24-hours a day for fishing only. Visitors must be actively fishing on the pier when in the park between dusk and dawn. Special rules may apply as noted. Please observe all state licensing requirements. Visit fishing in the parks for additional fishing information. Also noteworthy, Trash Free Park Jonas Green Park is a Trash Free facility so plan accordingly.

Jonas Green

Early life

Green was born into a family of printers. The family tradition had been begun in Massachusetts by his great-grandfather, Samuel Green, who was himself the successor to the earliest printers in the North American colonies, the Dayes of Cambridge. Samuel Green started his printing business in 1649 and producing a number of notable works, including Elliot's New Testament, translated into the Native American language.

Career

Jonas Green moved to Maryland in 1738, and became the Province's official printer. Green was a protégé of Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia. He became the publisher of The Maryland Gazette. Its early masthead read as follows:

'Annapolis, Printed by Jonas Green at his Printing Office on Charles Street; where all persons may be supplied with this Gazette at twelve shillings, six pence a year, and Advertisements of moderate length are inserted for 5 shillings the First Week and 1 shilling each time thereafter; and long ones in proportion.'

Money was sometimes hard to come by, so Green sometimes traded an ad or a subscription for supplies. His wife, Anne Catharine Green, also helped to make ends meet by selling homemade chocolates at the post office.

The Maryland Gazette and the American Revolution

Green, a born troublemaker, hated the Stamp Act, which among other things directly taxed his newspaper. Refusing to pay, he published the Gazette with what was then a blaring headline: 'The Maryland Gazette Expiring: In Uncertain Hopes of a Resurrection to Life Again.' Green wrote that because of the Stamp Act, the newspaper 'will not any longer be published.' In the bottom right-hand corner of the page, where the tax stamp should have been placed, there appeared instead a skull and crossbones. Calmer heads persuaded Green to return to publishing as part of the struggle against tyranny, and he later resumed publication under this banner headline: 'An Apparition of the late Maryland Gazette, which is not dead, but only sleepeth.' Defenders of this newspaper's claim as 'the oldest in the nation' say this brief interruption of publication was not a business decision as much as a deliberate political statement by a determined and courageous publisher.

When Green died in 1767, his jobs as editor and publisher were taken over by his wife, Anne Catherine Hoof Green, making her the first woman to hold either of the top jobs at an American newspaper. A strong supporter of Colonial rights, she continued her husband's policy of operating an independent newspaper under the nose of the royal governor in Annapolis. Ultimately, she published the newspaper for eight years while raising 14 children. The newspaper stayed in the Green family for 94 years.

Legacy

Jonas Green's house, where the Gazette was published for many years, still stands on Charles Street in downtown Annapolis, marked by a small historical plaque.

First posted: Sept 18, 2015
Last update: Sep 18, 2015