St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Why Is This Barn Here?
No 17th-century barns survive in Maryland today. A few from the 18th century, including the Mackall barn, are still standing. Those from the 19th and 20th centuries are far more numerous but many are in poor repair. In 2001, a state "buyout" program encouraged farmers to stop tobacco cultivation. This left many barns, which are an important part of the Southern Maryland landscape, standing empty and decaying.
Harvesting tobacco in St. Mary's County.
No longer standing, this mid-1800s tobacco barn near Morganza, Maryland, was similar in form to the Mackall barn.
Tobacco was harvested when it was still green. It was then hung in a tobacco barn to cure.
Erected by Historic St. Mary's City.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1785.
Location. 38° 11.018′ N, 76° 25.797′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5) east of Old State House Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16721 Point Lookout Road, Saint Marys City MD 20686, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Land in Need of Labor (a few steps from this marker); Carpenters' Marks (within shouting distance of this marker); How Old Is This Barn? (within shouting distance of this marker); Constructed With Colonial Ideas (within shouting distance of this marker); Tree Growth Rings (within shouting distance of this marker); To Market! To Market! (within shouting distance of this marker); What Happened Here After 1695? (within shouting distance of this marker); A Pressing Situation (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Mary's City.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 65 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.