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Piney Point in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Natural Highways

 
 
Natural Highways Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, July 1, 2008
1. Natural Highways Marker
Inscription. The Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries have served as natural highways since the beginning of civilization. With the gradual development of villages and settlements along the shorelines, the waterways became the primary means of transportation and commerce for this region of the country. Vessels ranging from simple dugout canoes to shallops, steamboats and international tankers have traversed these waterways for centuries.

Beginning in the 1800's, Piney Point became a steamboat destination on the Potomac River, bringing market goods and passengers to this popular summer resort community. Local watermen capitalized on the natural bounty of these waters and shipped their harvests of fish and shellfish from the Potomac to distant markets. Today, a local company still uses this last deepwater channel off the tip of Piney Point to transport fuel and asphalt products from international tankers to the nearby storage facility.

Caption of photo on lower left side of marker
The steamship Talbot brought visitors from Washington, D. C. and Baltimore, Maryland to the Piney Point wharf.

Caption of photo on lower right side of marker
Deep water petroleum terminal dock at Piney Point, Maryland
 
Erected by Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
 
Location. 38° 8.154′ N, 76° 31.748′ W. Marker is in Piney Point, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Lighthouse Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Piney Point MD 20674, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Potomac River Military Testing (here, next to this marker); Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters (here, next to this marker); Piney Point Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); Bay Lights (here, next to this marker); Osprey (here, next to this marker); Map of Lower Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Piney Point Lighthouse (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Piney Point Lighthouse (here, next to this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Piney Point.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 802 times since then and 4 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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