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 1500’s. 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 Bay’s 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.
A State Park
The State of Maryland now protects the prehistoric, historic and natural treasures of Point Lookout.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Places. A significant historical year for this entry is 1608.
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. This marker has been relocated further south to the parking area of the Point Lookout Lighthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scotland MD 20687, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 1, 2017. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 468 times since then and 26 times this year. 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.