Near Berlin in Worcester County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Great Egging Island
Recreational activities in the late 1800s included a trip to the coast to go "eggin'," and Great and Little Egging Islands quickly became popular sites. Special picnics were organized for the sole purpose of collecting gull, willet, and other shorebird eggs, which were considered great delicacies. Bird protections laws eventually brought egging activities to an end.
Ferry service began at Assateague's far north end after the 1933 hurricane separated the island from Ocean City. Eventually the service moved to this ferry landing area where a deep channel was dug through the marsh. Ferries were used heavily in the 1950s when developers brought prospective buyers to the island. Ferry service ended when the bridge was built in 1964.
Of Assateague's 11 recorded historic inlets, Sinepuxent Inlet was the largest and most commercially valuable. Located just to the south of the Ferry Landing, old maps suggest that it
Salt, once an indispensable food preserver, was extremely important during the Revolutionary War. When the British cut off salt supplies, local towns relied heavily on coastal operations like Baltimore Saltworks and other small saltworks on Assateague. To make a bushel of salt, 350-400 gallons of sea water were either evaporated in clay-lined pits or boiled in wrought iron pans.
Erected by Assateague Island National Seashore.
Location. 38° 12.042′ N, 75° 9.776′ W. Marker is near Berlin, Maryland, in Worcester County. Marker can be reached from Bayberry Drive (Maryland Route 611). Click for map. Marker is located near the Old Ferry Landing, in Assateague Island National Seashore. Marker is in this post office area: Berlin MD 21811, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Life-Saving Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Shipwrecks (approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Native Americans Baltimore Boulevard (approx. 0.8 miles away); Swindler Park (approx. 2.7 miles away); "Genesar" (approx. 2.7 miles away); Rackliffe Plantation Milk House (approx. 3.1 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 3.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Berlin.
Categories. • 20th Century • Natural Resources • Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary •
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