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The Fort at Horn Point

 
 
The Fort at Horn Point Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
1. The Fort at Horn Point Marker
Inscription. Near here, at the end of Eastern Avenue, is the site of one of three forts built to defend Annapolis Harbor from British raids during the Revolutionary War.

Built in 1776, the fort had major defenses of trenches, earthen ramparts and fifteen cannons. In 1781, when Lafayette was stationed at Annapolis, his troops made the fort fully operational. The trenches provided cover for troop movements between the ramparts and the water's edge.

During the Civil War, the fort served as a hospital for Union soldiers recovering from smallpox. No trace of the fort remains today.

Text with upper-left photo: An artist's concept of the fort at Horn Point after 1794.

Text with main photo: Lafayette's troops camped some distance from the fort on Benjamin Ogle's Horn Point Farm, at the near end of the Spa Creek drawbridge.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Four Rivers Garden Club.
 
Location. 38° 58.386′ N, 76° 28.611′ W. Marker is in Eastport, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is at the intersection of Chesapeake Avenue and Horn Point Drive, on the right when traveling east on Chesapeake Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Fort Horn Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
2. Fort Horn Marker
Another marker for Fort Horn hangs just above the Fort at Horn Point marker. Inscription: 1776-1866. Md. militia forces were joined here by French troops under Gen. Lafayette, for the defense of the city of Annapolis, as British ships blockaded harbor. Commemorated by the Peggy Stewart Tea Party Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1963.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Murphy's Row (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eastport's Oldest House (about 700 feet away); The Glass Works (approx. 0.2 miles away); Three Great Boat Yards, One Location (approx. mile away); The Start of Something Big (approx. mile away); Eastport's Soul (approx. mile away); Welcome to Eastport (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Maritime Tradition Lives On (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Eastport.
 
Regarding The Fort at Horn Point. The site of Fort Horn is actually one block south of the marker, at the end of Chester and Eastern avenues.
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesMilitaryWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary
 
The Two Fort Horn Markers image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
3. The Two Fort Horn Markers
Severn River image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
4. Severn River
The Fort Horn markers are in a small park at the end of Chesapeake Avenue which provides a view of the mouth of the Severn River as it empties into the Chesapeake Bay.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,633 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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