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Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Coastal Evolution

Market House

 

—The Shoreline of Annapolis —

 
Coastal Evolution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 10, 2018
1. Coastal Evolution Marker
Inscription.
1878
City Dock in Annapolis

In the 1700s, the shore of Annapolis followed approximately along the line of buildings that now front Dock Street, Market Space, and part of Compromise Street—everything closer to the water is built upon fill. Through the next three centuries, natural silting and then deliberate filling and bulkheading around the edge of City Dock reduced the waterway to the narrow inlet you see today. The additional land allowed for construction of buildings and businesses that served of benefitted from the working waterfront.

A city Market House has stood near City Dock since 1784—the current one was built just before Civil War and was first restored in the early 1970s. Veterans' Memorial Circle at the foot of Main Street was once a Victorian park. Parking spaces and Susan Campbell Park now occupy an area between Dock Street and City Dock that once held oyster packing houses and four large oil tanks.

Most of the working-class community called Hell Point (originally Hill's Point), visible in the bottom left of the 1939 photo, was bought in 1941 by the Navy, which razed the houses and commercial buildings. The Naval Academy's Halsey Field House, recognizable by its blue-green copper roof in the modern photo, was built on the cleared site in 1957. Numerous
Coastal Evolution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 10, 2018
2. Coastal Evolution Marker
land reclamation projects going back to the 1850s have added acreage to the Academy's grounds and significantly changed its shoreline.

1939
View of City Dock

City Dock Today
 
Location. 38° 58.662′ N, 76° 29.244′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Compromise Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 Main Street, Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Memorial Circle & Market House Plaza (here, next to this marker); A Story of Preservation (here, next to this marker); History Stone (a few steps from this marker); Kunte Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial (a few steps from this marker); The Market House (a few steps from this marker); Alfred A. Hopkins Plaza (a few steps from this marker); Roger W. Moyer (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Kunte Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
 
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Hell Point Plaque located on the F Dock off of Compromise Street image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 10, 2018
3. Hell Point Plaque located on the F Dock off of Compromise Street
Hell Point
The Heart of Annapolis
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 10, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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