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Chesapeake City in Cecil County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Historic Hub of Commerce

 
 
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By Don Morfe, October 26, 2013
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Inscription.  Formerly known as the “Village of Bohemia,” Chesapeake City owes its existence to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

From the time work began on the canal in 1824, the village became a hub of activity and a thriving port, creating a community of wealthy merchants, bankers, caterers, canal administrators, teachers and others. Homes, stores, warehouses and shops sprung up as canal traffic increased.

An Era of Change
When the federal government took over the C&O Canal a century after it opened, a series of improvements were made to the canal and road system that brought major changes to both the community and the local economy.br>
The canal was widened and deepened, making passage easier and faster for ships, eliminating the need to stop. In 1948, an improved bridge over the canal allowed supertankers to pass through, but bypassed the town in the process, reducing visitor traffic and isolating the community.

Preserving History
Today Chesapeake City extends both north and south of the canal. Many areas are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, attracting visitors seeking its
A Historic Hub of Commerce Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 26, 2013
2. A Historic Hub of Commerce Marker
historic architecture and character.

As you explore the town, imagine what it was like during the city’s heyday—the hustle and bustle of laborers, working shipmen coming off the docks and merchants as they, too, traveled these streets.

(Inscription on the photo at the center bottom)
Early workmen’s home-siding made of oars from arks.
Image courtesy Town of Chesapeake City.
(Inscription below the photo in the upper center)
Bridge over old lock.
Image courtesy Cecil County Historical Society.
(Inscription under the photo in the middle center)
Old Lock Pump House, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, exterior of wheel building. Courtesy photo.
(Inscription in the photo in the bottom center)
Rees House and Office c. 1870.
Image courtesy Town of Chesapeake City.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Country National Scenic Byway.
 
Location. 39° 31.65′ N, 75° 48.684′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake City, Maryland, in Cecil County. Marker is on Bohemia Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chesapeake City MD 21915, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Long Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Pell Gardens (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bayard House
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Franklin Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Cropper House (within shouting distance of this marker); Brady-Rees House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shipwatch Inn (about 300 feet away); National Bank of Chesapeake City (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesapeake City.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2020. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 333 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on January 15, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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