“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

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

Amish Community

Three Notch Trail

Amish Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2019
1. Amish Community Marker
Inscription.  The Amish community in St. Mary’s is the largest of three Amish settlements in Maryland. The community is located primarily along MD Routes 6 and 236 in New Market, Charlotte Hall and neighboring Charles County. The Amish moved to the area in 1940 from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to escape statewide educational changes and pressure from development.

The Amish community thrives today along these rural roadways. Farmers grow tobacco, grain, vegetables, and raise poultry and dairy cows. Handwritten signs advertise produce and, services such as chair caning, blacksmithing, quilting and woodworking.

Visitors may also venture south to the Loveville and Oakville areas for similar products offered by the county’s Mennonite community which immigrated to St. Mary’s from Pennsylvania about the same time as the Amish.

Rail History 1872

A rival railroad, the Washington City and Point Lookout Railroad, was organized in 1872 and the following year a compromise was reached that called for the new railroad not to be constructed south of Brandywine Junction and to change its name to Washington & Chesapeake
Three Notch Trail facing east image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2019
2. Three Notch Trail facing east
Railroad Company. The Southern Maryland Railroad was to be built from Brandywine to Mechanicsville.

In 1886, the railroad was purchased by the Washington and Potomac Railroad Company and hope was renewed that the railroad would be extended south to the St. Mary’s River and Pt. Lookout. Some of the grading for the project was done; however, due to financial problems, the company was unable to extend the line.
Erected by Three Notch Trail.
Location. 38° 28.423′ N, 76° 46.62′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from New Market Road (Maryland Route 6) 0.1 miles west of Three Notch Road (Maryland Route 5), on the right when traveling west. Located on the Three Notch Trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37600 New Market Rd, Mechanicsville MD 20659, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ye Coole Springs (approx. ¼ mile away); Coole Springs of Saint Marie’s (approx. 0.3 miles away); Rear Admiral Raphael Semmes C.S.N. (was approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported permanently removed. ); Cadet Pierre A. Mourthé (approx. 0.3 miles away); Maryland Begins Here (approx. 0.3 miles away); Charlotte Hall School
Three Notch Trail facing west image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2019
3. Three Notch Trail facing west
(approx. 0.3 miles away); No Match for British Might (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Charlotte Hall School (approx. 0.3 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 70 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 16, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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