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Eastport in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Fort at Horn Point

 
 
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By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
1. The Fort at Horn Point Marker
Inscription.  Near here, at the end of Eastern Avenue, is the site of one of three forts built to defend Annapolis Harbor from British raids during the Revolutionary War.

Built in 1776, the fort had major defenses of trenches, earthen ramparts and fifteen cannons. In 1781, when Lafayette was stationed at Annapolis, his troops made the fort fully operational. The trenches provided cover for troop movements between the ramparts and the water's edge.

During the Civil War, the fort served as a hospital for Union soldiers recovering from smallpox. No trace of the fort remains today.

Text with upper-left photo: An artist's concept of the fort at Horn Point after 1794.

Text with main photo: Lafayette's troops camped some distance from the fort on Benjamin Ogle's Horn Point Farm, at the near end of the Spa Creek drawbridge.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Four Rivers Garden Club.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraForts and Castles
Fort Horn Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
2. Fort Horn Marker
Another marker for Fort Horn hangs just above the Fort at Horn Point marker. Inscription: 1776-1866. Md. militia forces were joined here by French troops under Gen. Lafayette, for the defense of the city of Annapolis, as British ships blockaded harbor. Commemorated by the Peggy Stewart Tea Party Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, 1963.
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War, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1776.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 58.386′ N, 76° 28.611′ W. Marker was in Eastport, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker was at the intersection of Chesapeake Avenue and Horn Point Drive, on the right when traveling east on Chesapeake Avenue. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21403, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Murphy's Row (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eastport's Oldest House (about 700 feet away); The Glass Works (approx. 0.2 miles away); Three Great Boat Yards, One Location (approx. ¼ mile away); The Start of Something Big (approx. ¼ mile away); Deadrise Defined (approx. ¼ mile away); Eastport's Soul (approx. ¼ mile away); Harvesting the Bay (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastport.
 
More about this marker. I was going to request that this marker be listed under the Daughters of the American Revolution but I drove by last night and it is missing altogether. There is another unrelated memorial-type plaque off to the right side. I have pictures if needed (but I can't see where/how to upload them)
 
Regarding The Fort at Horn Point. The site of Fort Horn is actually one block south of the marker, at the end of Chester and Eastern avenues.
 
The Two Fort Horn Markers image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
3. The Two Fort Horn Markers
Severn River image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
4. Severn River
The Fort Horn markers are in a small park at the end of Chesapeake Avenue which provides a view of the mouth of the Severn River as it empties into the Chesapeake Bay.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 24, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,847 times since then and 38 times this year. Last updated on May 21, 2021, by Andrea Parish of Waldorf, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 24, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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