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Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Spesutia Island

 
 
Spesutia Island Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, January 13, 2008
1. Spesutia Island Marker
Inscription.  The name is derived from the Latin for Utie's Hope, a 2,300-acre manorial grant in 1661 to Col. Nathaniel Utie, for whom this island was surveyed in 1658. Settling here from Virginia, Utie traded with the Indians, became a member of the Maryland Governor's Council and represented Lord Baltimore in a boundary dispute with the Dutch in Delaware. A peace treaty with the Susquehannoughs was signed on the island by Gov. Philip Calvert and his council May 16, 1661. A house built by Utie at this end of the island no longer stands.
 
Erected by Society of Colonial Wars and Maryland Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is May 16, 1682.
 
Location. 39° 28.523′ N, 76° 5.907′ W. Marker is in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, in Harford County. Marker is on Spesutie Island Road, half a mile east of Hopkins Road, on the left when traveling east. Marker is on a military base and requires ID to enter facility. You cannot photograph
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any buildings due to government security. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6996 Spesutie Island Rd, Aberdeen Proving Ground MD 21005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Deep Roots (approx. 3.1 miles away); ENIAC (approx. 3.6 miles away); Hall’s Cross Roads (approx. 4 miles away); Aberdeen Proving Ground (approx. 4.2 miles away); This is a Section of “The General’s Highway” (approx. 4.2 miles away); Aberdeen 9/11 Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); Aberdeen Proving Ground Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); 2008 Restoration of P.B. & W. Railroad Crossing and Later Pennsylvania Railroad Watchman's Shed (approx. 4.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  History of Harford County. (Submitted on January 13, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Chesapeake Bay seen from marker. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Pfingsten, January 13, 2008
2. Chesapeake Bay seen from marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 13, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,698 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 13, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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