Chester in Queen Anne's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Crossing the Narrows
c. 1672 — Ferry links from Annapolis is to Kent Island and across the Kent Narrows are part of the Great Road system through the colonies.
c. 1826 — Earthen causeway built, closing the straits and joining the island with the mainland.
1876 — Causeway removed to allow boat traffic between the Eastern Bay and the Chester River.
1876 — Drawbridge replaces the causeway.
c. 1900 — Queen Anne's Railroad Company builds railroad bridge across the Narrows.
1952 — The Chesapeake Bay Bridge opens, joining the Eastern and Western Shrores of the Bay for the first time.
1956 — Last train crosses the Narrows and rail bridge is formally dosed.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Roads & Vehicles • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 58.522′ N, 76° 14.96′ W. Marker is in Chester, Maryland, in Queen Anne's County. This marker is near the Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center at the bridge to Ferry Point Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 425 Piney Narrows Road, Chester MD 21619, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland's Eastern Shore (within shouting distance of this marker); Byway Destinations (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Byway Destinations (within shouting distance of this marker); Enemy Occupation (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crossing Point (approx. half a mile away); Working the Waters (approx. 0.6 miles away); The James E. Kirwan Museum (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chester.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 1, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 135 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on March 11, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 1, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.