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

Forest Hall

Three Notch Trail

 
 
Forest Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2019
1. Forest Hall Marker
Inscription.  The Forest Hall store served as a sidetrack for passenger pick up and train turn around before the U.S. Navy began management of the railroad in 1942 and extended the line to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The background picture is from the 1920s; the Wood family operated the store until the early 1950s.

Rail history 1925

The "Farmers' Railroad" suffered some of the same struggles that beset previous corporate owners of the railroad. In 1928, heavy rains washed out the tracks three times. Repairs placed the company in debt and train service was later reduced to two days per week. Local volunteers often worked as station agents to help keep the train running.

Rules the Trail
Motorized vehicles are prohibited (except motorized wheelchairs)
Trail opens at sunrise and closes at sunset
Travel only at speeds which are safe and appropriate for trail conditions and usage
Travel to the right. Move left to pass; give appropriate warning to trail users ahead; and move off the trail when you come to a stop
Pedestrians have the right of way
Obey the helmet laws
Three Notch Trail facing west image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2019
2. Three Notch Trail facing west
Stop at all road/street crossings
Pets must be on leash and controlled at all times
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited
No bicycle races or competitive speed training
Please respect private property and be a courteous user of public lands
Emergency: 911. St. Mary'S County Sheriff's Office 301-475-8008.
For trail maintenance or info, call 301-863-8400 ext. 3570.
 
Erected by Three Notch Trail.
 
Location. 38° 25.201′ N, 76° 43.284′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Baptist Church Road half a mile south of Old Village Road (Old Maryland Route 5), on the left when traveling south. Located on the Three Notch Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mechanicsville MD 20659, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tobacco Barns (approx. 0.8 miles away); Extending the Rail (approx. one mile away); Three Notch Road (approx. 1 miles away); Village of Mechanicsville (approx. 1.8 miles away); De La Brooke Manor (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named "Three Notch Road" (approx. 2 miles away); Three Notch Trail (approx. 2.9 miles away); Amish Community (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
Categories.
Three Notch Trail facing east image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2019
3. Three Notch Trail facing east
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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 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 16, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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