In 1649, Puritan exiles from the Providence of Virginia, led by the third Proprietary Governor William Stone, established the town of “Providence” within the Province of Maryland. Providence was founded on the north shore of the Severn River on the middle Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The areas around Providence would eventually be referred to as Lord Baltimore’s wife with the name “Anne Arundel’s Towne”. The town was a cultural epicenter and was referred to as the, “Athens of America”. In modern times the city was renamed as Annapolis.