“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)

Three Notch Trail

John V. Baggett Park

Three Notch Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2019
1. Three Notch Trail Marker
Inscription.  In 2003 the Commissioners of St. Mary's County authorized beginning a rails-to-trails project in St. Mary's County. The Three Notch Trail is a 10' wide multi-use trail constructed on the former railroad right-of-way, which runs south from Hughesville to Lexington Park. The trail provides numerous recreation, tourism, economic and transportation benefits and opportunities for both county citizens and tourists.

Trail Section Lengths
• Baggett Park to MD 5 = 2.65 miles
• MD 5 to MD Route 236 Thompson's Corner Rd = 5 miles
• MD Route 236 Thompson's Corner Rd to Northern Senior Center= I mile
• Northern Senior Center to Deborah Dr = 2.25 miles

Rail History 1954-1970
The Navy made its last train run on June 30, 1954; however, the Pennsylvania Railroad and contractors continued to use the line to deliver supplies to the Patuxent River Naval Air Station until the early 1960s. The Pennsylvania Railroad then ran a weekly train in and out of the county until 1965. The railroad was declared excess government property in 1966 and in 1970 the right-of-way was purchased by St. Mary’s County Government.

Three Notch Trail trailhead image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2019
2. Three Notch Trail trailhead
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V. Baggett Park at Laurel Grove

Mr. John V. Baggett served as the county's first Recreation and Parks Director from 1969 until his retirement in 1991. He set out to develop a system of regional, community and neighborhood parks, as well as waterfront public landings. The 47-acre Laurel Grove Park was acquired in 1973 and developed as one of the county's first parks in 1975.

Thousands of children and adults have enjoyed the many parks and wide variety of recreational and sports programs established by Mr. Baggett in the twenty-two years he worked for the county. On October 19, 2002, St. Mary's County commemorated his vision and service by renaming this park the John V. Baggett Park in his honor.

Three Notch Trail Contributors
St Mary’s County Recreation and Parks thanks all those who have contributed to the success of the Three Notch Trail project.

Commissioners of St. Mary's County:

Francis Jack Russell, President. Lawrence D. Jarboe, Cynthia L. Jones, Todd B. Morgan and Daniel L. Morris.

Congressman Steny Hoyer

The St. Mary's County Delegation: John F. Wood, Jr., John L. Bohanan, Jr., Delegate Anthony J. O'Donnell, and Senator Roy P. Dyson

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Recreation and Parks Staff: Phil Rollins, Former Director; Brian Loewe, Director; Parks Division Staff; Kathy Bailey and Marie Urbanski

Special thanks to contributors to the interpretive panel and kiosk project: Jason Babcock , Marilyn Baggett, Grace Mary Brady, J. Roy Guyther, M.D., Carolyn Laray, Carol Moody, Linda Reno and John Sothoron

The county dedicates and renames the renovated Laurel Grove Park as John V. Baggett Park at Laurel Grove.
Mr. Baggett surveys erosion issues at Elms Beach Park

Trail Rules
• 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 helmet laws
• 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

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others of hiking/biking plans, carry a phone, walk with a friend, and be aware of surroundings

Emergency 911. St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office 301-475-8008
Erected by St Mary's County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasRailroads & Streetcars.
Location. 38° 24.43′ N, 76° 40.252′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Three Notch Road (Maryland Route 235) east of Laurel Grove Road, on the right when traveling east. Located at Three Notch Trail trailhead in John V. Baggett Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26929 Three Notch Rd, Mechanicsville MD 20659, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. "Three Notch Road" (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Three Notch Road (approx. 1.4 miles away); De La Brooke Manor (approx. 2 miles away); Tobacco Barns (approx. 2.1 miles away); Forest Hall (approx. 2.9 miles away); Extending the Rail (approx. 3.7 miles away); Village of Mechanicsville (approx. 4½ miles away); Fenwick Manor (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 16, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 16, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.

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