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Near Cearfoss in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mason and Dixon Line

105th Mile Stone

 
 
Mason and Dixon Line Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
1. Mason and Dixon Line Marker
Inscription. 500 feet beyond this point, on private property, this stone is located. It bears the coat of arms of Lord Baltimore and William Penn. the 104th mile stone and the 103rd mile stone bear the letters M and P Maryland-Pennsylvania and are located along the Maryland edge of this road.
 
Erected by Maryland Historical Trust - Maryland State Highway Administration.
 
Location. 39° 43.277′ N, 77° 46.096′ W. Marker is near Cearfoss, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Greencastle Pike (State Highway 63) and Mason - Dixon Road (County Route 163), on the right when traveling north on Greencastle Pike. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Crossing the Mason and Dixon (approx. 1.5 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 1.5 miles away); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 2.4 miles away in Pennsylvania); The Long Meadow (approx. 4.7 miles away); a different marker also named Mason and Dixon Line (approx. 5.1 miles
The Mason - Dixon Line Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
2. The Mason - Dixon Line
The marker stands just a few feet inside the Maryland side of the line.
away); McCullough's Tavern (approx. 5.2 miles away in Pennsylvania); Colonel John Allison (approx. 5.2 miles away in Pennsylvania); Captain Ulric Dahlgren (approx. 5.2 miles away in Pennsylvania). Click for a list of all markers in Cearfoss.
 
Also see . . .  Saving the Mason-Dixon Line. The Mason-Dixon Line, first employed to resolve a bitter land dispute, became a symbol of sectionalism and somewhat a notional division between the Northern and Southern states of the United States. This article discusses efforts to locate and preserve the original stones marking the Mason-Dixon Line. As discussed on the marker, every fifth stone had the coats of arms of the Maryland and Pennsylvania colony proprietors. (Submitted on September 20, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraPolitical Subdivisions
 
105th Stone of the Mason-Dixon Line Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
3. 105th Stone of the Mason-Dixon Line
The stone is, as described in the marker text, on private property, and can only be viewed from the road side at a distance.
Modern Concrete Mason - Dixon Road Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, August 16, 2008
4. Modern Concrete Mason - Dixon Road Marker
Somewhat battered, with re-bar showing, this indicator of the state line stands on the opposite side of the highway from the marker.
 

 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 4,410 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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