A Place of History
Five thousand years ago, Native Americans first came to this shore, drawn by the natural bounty. The earliest inhabitants were hunters and gatherers; later, the Conoy Piscataway tribe farmed these lands, growing tobacco and corn.
Spanish sailors were the first Europeans to sight the Point in the 1500ís. Then in 1608 Captain John Smith, one of the founders of Jamestown, explored the peninsula.
War and Peace
In times of war, the Point has played a strategic role. In the Revolutionary War and War of 1812, Americans kept a lookout here for British ships. During the Civil War, it was a Union stronghold.
When Europeans arrived, this area was inhabited by people from the Conoy Piscataway tribe. They grew corn and tobacco while harvesting the Bayís abundance of oysters, clams, crabs, and fish.
Pottery shards found on the beaches are evidence of Native American use of this site, stretching back many thousands of years.
In times of peace, hotels and resorts have drawn steamer boats of pleasure-seekers from Washington and Baltimore.
A State Park
The State of Maryland now protects the prehistoric,
Location. 38° 2.49′ N, 76° 19.308′ W. Marker is in Scotland, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Maryland Route 5. Touch for map. This marker has been relocated further south to the parking area of the Point Lookout Lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Scotland MD 20687, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout (here, next to this marker); "Contraband" Camp (a few steps from this marker); Smallpox Epidemic (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Death at Point Lookout (about 400 feet away); Point Lookout-Hammond Hospital (about 700 feet away); John Wilkes Booth (about 700 feet away); Point Lookout State Park (about 700 feet away); A Crucial Point (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scotland.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 378 times since then. Last updated on June 26, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 15, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 5. submitted on June 26, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on December 2, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.