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