A long two-and-a-half story stone inn established on the Nottingham Lots about 1710 by Andrew Job, a Quaker. It was operated as an inn until 1866. The tavern is now occupied by James H. Mendenhall, who conducts a country store there. Blue Ball is 8 miles northwest of Elkton on Route 273.
Erected by Maryland Historical Society.
While visiting Philadelphia, Job acquired as a bond servant Elizabeth Maxwell, 16-year-old niece of Daniel Defoe. This girl, thwarted by relatives in a love affair, had run away and indentured herself in return for passage to America Shortly after 1725, when she married Thomas Job, son of Andrew, her mother died and left Elizabeth considerable property, including some furniture her uncle had used while writing Robinson Crusoe.- Maryland: A Guide to the Old Line State, Tour 1, pg 300.
The building still stands and is now used as private residence.
Location: Marker is near Elkton, Maryland, in Cecil County. Marker is at the intersection of Telegraph Road (Route 273) and Blue Ball Road,