Court­house to be fea­tured on Fox be­fore Su­per Bowl

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@ches­pub.com

CENTREVILLE — The town of Centreville will be get­ting a lit­tle na­tional recog­ni­tion this Sun­day, Feb. 5, when the Su­per Bowl airs on Fox. Fri­day, Jan. 27, film and pro­duc­tion crews from Fox Sports took over the green in front of the court­house with a cam­era crew from Los An­ge­les. The film­ing out­side lasted from 11 a.m. to al­most 4 p.m., while busi­ness was con­ducted as usual inside the court­house.

Fox Sports pro­ducer Pep­per Carl­son said Cen­ter­ville was se­lected to be in­cluded in a 10-minute pa­tri­otic video mon­tage of places of sig­nif­i­cance across the coun­try. The Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court­house is the

old­est court­house in con­tin­u­ous use in the state of Mary­land. The clip will air prior to the Su­per Bowl.

For­mer Seat­tle Sea­hawk and Green Beret Nate Boyer makes an ap­pear­ance in the clip, along with an ac­tress re­cruited from an agency in Mary­land.

Clerk of the Court Scott MacGlashan spoke for the court and the Hon­or­able Judge Thomas G. Ross, Cir­cuit Ad­min­is­tra­tive Judge, who was pre­sid­ing over cases on Fri­day. It is re­mark­able to be in­cluded in this pro­duc­tion, said MacGlashan. At a time where there is such ac­ri­mony among many, he hopes this video will serve to re­mind how for­tu­nate we are to be Amer­i­cans.

MacGlashan noted the legacy of the Queen Anne’s County Court­house, built in 1796, a mere decade af­ter the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion. It has been the peo­ple’s court since that time, he said.

“Of­ten over­looked,” MacGlashan said, “is the gold ea­gle ap­pear­ing in the ped­i­ment of the main build­ing, placed there un­doubt­edly a re­flec­tion of the fer­vent pa­tri­o­tism of the early cit­i­zens of the County.”

An­other lit­tle known fact, the court­house was erected on land, part of the plan­ta­tion known as Ch­ester­field and the an­ces­tral home of Judge Joseph Hop­per Ni­chol­son. Ni­chol­son was a Chief Judge of the Sixth Ju­di­cial Court — com­pris­ing Bal­ti­more and Har­ford coun­ties — and a judge of the Court of Ap­peals. He was also the mem­ber of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives who cast the de­cid­ing vote for Thomas Jef­fer­son in his bat­tle with Aaron Burr over the pres­i­dency in 1800.

MacGlashan said, also note­wor­thy, Judge Ni­chol­son was the per­son who sug­gested the mu­sic for the “StarS­pan­gled Ban­ner.” Fran­cis Scott Key was Ni­chol­son’s brother-in-law.

HAN­NAH COMBS

Film crews for Fox Sports cap­ture the his­toric court­house in Centreville for a pa­tri­otic video that will air just prior to the Su­per Bowl.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Far left, Nate Boyer, for­mer Seat­tle Sea­hawk and Green Beret, with Fox Sports film crew on lo­ca­tion in Centreville on Jan. 27.

Brad Em­bert, an in­tern with the Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court, pauses out­side the court­house while crews from Fox Sports film a clip in front of the build­ing on Jan. 27.

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