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Newburg in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Cliffton

 
 
Cliffton image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Richard White, November 24, 2007
1. Cliffton
Inscription.  The home of Major Roderick G. Watson is two miles north of this marker. At the start of the Civil War many persons crossed the Potomac River to Virginia in this area. From 1862 to the end of the war, Thomas A. Jones served as a Confederate agent forwarding mail from the South to the North and Canada. Mary, daughter of Major Watson, hung a signal in a dormer window of Cliffton when it was not safe for the mail boat to cross from Virginia.
 
Erected by Charles County Civil War Centennial Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 38° 22.312′ N, 76° 57.584′ W. Marker is in Newburg, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker is on Crain Highway (U.S. 301) near Cliffton Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newburg MD 20664, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Potomac Diversion (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Wilkes Booth (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ways to Explore Southern Maryland’s Scenic and Historic Routes
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); Explore your Cheaspeake (approx. 0.2 miles away); Discover Southern Maryland’s Amazing Stories of Exploration, Hope, and Courage (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newburg.
 
Regarding Cliffton. According to the report in the Maryland Historical Trust Historic Sites Survey, "Clifton No. 2 was first identified in the early 1970's by J. Richard Rivoire just prior to the site's subdivision, now Clifton on the Potomac. At the time it was believed that htis was the home of Josiah Fendall and plans were underway to convert the structure into a museum. Later research revealed that the existing 18th c. structure was likely built as a dependency for a much larger dwelling. After learning this, the building and its plans were abandoned leading to its eventual collapse in the mid-1980's."
 
Cliffton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, November 10, 2009
2. Cliffton Marker
Looking south along Crain Highway.
Cliffton Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, November 10, 2009
3. Cliffton Marker
Looking west at the entrance to community of Cliffton on the Potomac.
Outbuilding, Cliffton image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1935
4. Outbuilding, Cliffton
This 18th century structure was thought to have been Clifton. Further research revealed that it was but one of many outbuildings on the property.
Outbuilding, Cliffton (interior) image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1935
5. Outbuilding, Cliffton (interior)
Outbuilding, Cliffton image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1935
6. Outbuilding, Cliffton
Outbuilding, Cliffton image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1935
7. Outbuilding, Cliffton
Outbuilding, Cliffton image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1935
8. Outbuilding, Cliffton
Outbuilding, Cliffton (interior) image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1935
9. Outbuilding, Cliffton (interior)
Outbuilding, Cliffton (interior) image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1935
10. Outbuilding, Cliffton (interior)
Outbuilding, Cliffton (interior) image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1935
11. Outbuilding, Cliffton (interior)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 8, 2007, by Richard White of La Plata, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,948 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 28, 2007, by Richard White of La Plata, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2009, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on March 3, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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