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Chesapeake Beach in Calvert County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Chesapeake Beach Railway

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, December 18, 2020
1. Chesapeake Beach Railway Marker
Inscription.  
From 1900 until 1935 the Chesapeake Beach Railway carried Washington excursionists through the honeysuckle-scented countryside of Southern Maryland, giving the railway the name of The Honeysuckle Line. The last train left Chesapeake Beach on April 15, 1935.

For more than 70 years Chesapeake Beach was a popular Bayside resort. Visitors came from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, as well as nearby Southern Maryland to enjoy the many activities and entertainments. many also enjoyed the beach and seaside cottages of North Beach.

Steamboats brought visitors to Chesapeake Beach from Baltimore, docking on the pier that extended one mile into the Bay.

The resort and railways were built by Otto Mears and David Moffat, Colorado railroad builders and financiers. From 1900 until 1930 the resort was on a half mile long boardwalk over the water. In 1930 the amusements were moved onto land and renamed Seaside Park. From 1950 until it closed in 1972 the resort was known as Chesapeake Beach Amusement Park.

Happy memories were carried home by thousands of visitors to Chesapeake Beach through the years. The varied
Chesapeake Beach Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 18, 2020
2. Chesapeake Beach Railway Marker
amusements, water sports, good food, and Bay breezes were enjoyed by these many excursionists.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasRailroads & StreetcarsWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 38° 41.406′ N, 76° 32.017′ W. Marker is in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker can be reached from Mears Avenue just east of C Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4155 Mears Ave, Chesapeake Beach MD 20732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chesapeake Beach Railway Station (a few steps from this marker); Railroad Artifacts At The Museum (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Chesapeake Beach Railway (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Bed (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bald Eagle (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Chesapeake Beach Railway (about 600 feet away); Abner's Crab House (approx. ¼ mile away); The Belvedere Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesapeake Beach.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 18, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 23 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 18, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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