Proceeds from the sale of the mugs and the prints will go to the Iglehart Fund, set up by the Manor Conservancy to be used to purchase farms that are in danger of being sold and developed.

Debt of gratitude

While My Lady's Manor was deeded in 1713, it wasn't until 1731 that Thomas Brerewood of England came to the Manor to develop the land. His son, Thomas Brerewood, Jr., had married Charlotte Calvert, who inherited My Lady's Manor. She deeded the land to her father-in-law with the understanding he would pay off her husband's debts with money he made from the land.

Thomas Brerewood, Sr., divided the Manor property into 100 lots and rented the land to local farmers. He also founded the town of Charlotte Town in the mid-1700s. The town's name was later changed to Monkton.

After the Revolutionary War, My Lady's Manor was confiscated by the state of Maryland. Lots were then auctioned off at Slade's Tavern on Oct. 22, 1782. Many of the original renters, or patent holders, bought the same land they had previously leased and farmed.

According to the application that was successful in naming My Lady's Manor as a National Registry Historic District in 1978, some of the families buying land had the names Bosley, Bacon, Cockey, Holmes, Howard, Hutchins, Pearce, Shepperd and Sparks.

Bill Pearce of Monkton has a deed dated Oct. 26, 1782, that shows his ancestor, John Pearce, bought 126 acres in the auction.

The hand-written deed is on paper so thin that it has separated into several pieces and the ink has faded, making it difficult to read.

Pearce also has several deeds from 1760 that show his ancestors leased 386 acres that were on My Lady's Manor lots 87, 88, 89 and portions of lots 79 and 86.

His family sold off land over the years, and Pearce now lives on 40 acres in Monkton.

"I've always had a great sense of pride living in an area with such a long-standing, rich history," he said. "It's a privilege to have ancestors who liked this area so much that they stayed. There's something special about living on the Manor. It's a special way of life. It's what a community really stands for."