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Fort Nonsense

 
 
Fort Nonsense Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 23, 2013
1. Fort Nonsense Marker
Inscription. Fort Nonsense has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior. It is the last remaining fortification of several constructed in the 18th and 19th centuries to defend Annapolis and its waterways. It is a "redoubt" or small, independent earthen site designed for flexible military use. Its origin and unusual name are a mystery, but records show it was built in the early 19th century. It may have been a lookout point for Fort Madison, a masonry structure along the banks of the Severn River. There is no record of combat at Fort Nonsense or at any of the Annapolis forts.
 
Location. 38° 59.258′ N, 76° 28.138′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from Kinkaid Road just from Church Road. Click for map. Marker is east of the Grove of Holly trees that cover the remains of Fort Nonsense uphill from Kinkaid Road south of its intersection with Church Road. This is Naval Academy property, a photo ID is required. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Annapolis Laboratory (within shouting distance of this marker); Triton Light (approx. 0.6 miles away);
Fort Nonsense Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 23, 2013
2. Fort Nonsense Marker
Still on Patrol (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Paddle Bell (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Sea Gate (approx. 0.6 miles away); Foremast of the U.S.S. Maine (approx. 0.6 miles away); Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale (approx. 0.7 miles away); Butler in Annapolis (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Annapolis.
 
Also see . . .  AA-80, Fort Nonsense. (David Taylor NDRDC-Annapolis Lab) Church Road Ferry Farms in the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. (Submitted on August 1, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar of 1812
 
Fort Nonsense Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 23, 2013
3. Fort Nonsense Marker
Grove of Holly Trees growing over the remains of Fort Nonsense image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 23, 2013
4. Grove of Holly Trees growing over the remains of Fort Nonsense
The marker is on the far left of this photo.
Fort Nonsense Earthworks image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 23, 2013
5. Fort Nonsense Earthworks
Fort Nonsense sign on Church Road image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 23, 2013
6. Fort Nonsense sign on Church Road
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 503 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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