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

Welcome to the Waterfront

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, October 5, 2019
1. Welcome to the Waterfront Marker
Inscription.  Take this path down to the waterfront where you will find a quiet stretch of shoreline along the St. Mary's River shoreline along the St. Mary's River—not unlike what the colonists encountered when they arrived in 1634. This river has influenced the lives of the people who lived near it or traveled on it for centuries.

As you move along the path you will see native plants typical of southern Maryland. Look carefully and you might catch a glimpse of wildlife or see birds moving serenely above the water. Listen for the gentle lapping of waves as they touch the shore just as they have since the river was created.

At the bottom of the path you will find the Maryland Dove at anchor. Please go aboard and experience a taste of life on a vessel representative of 17th-century coastal trading ships.

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As you look across the river, you will notice few modern intrusions. Scenic easement rights, which control development, protect the view for everyone's enjoyment.

There were few docks in 17th-century Maryland. Ships were anchored in deep water and smaller craft were used
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By Devry Becker Jones, October 5, 2019
2. Welcome to the Waterfront Marker
to carry goods and people directly to the plantations.

Near the shoreline are stone barriers that create narrow wetlands of native marsh grasses. These wetlands provide a habitat for fish and invertebrates and they inhibit erosion of the riverbank.

"This river [the St. Mary's] runs forward from south to north about twenty miles before it is absorbed by the salt water from the sea. In its mouth one can see two bays, able to hold 300 ships of huge size."
Father Andrew White, 1634


Church Point, just to the north of where you are standing (red dot), just out prominently into the St. Mary's River. In the distance is the Chesapeake Bay. At one time the entire peninsula was forested except for those areas cleared by the American Indians.

 
Erected by Historic St. Mary's City.
 
Location. 38° 11.17′ N, 76° 26.07′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Old State House Road 0.4 miles north of Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47414 Old State House 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. "...for the good and happy Government" (a few steps from this marker); Watery Highways
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Out the Door (within shouting distance of this marker); Upon This Shore (within shouting distance of this marker); "have Their houses near the Watters" (within shouting distance of this marker); All Things Fit for a Capital (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Maryland Dove (within shouting distance of this marker); Taking Sail, Taking Chances (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Mary's City.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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