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A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout

 
 
A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, March 11, 2012
1. A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout Marker
Inscription.  The grassy area in front of you was once the site of a major resort. The geared wheels peeking out of the grass are all that remain. They were part of a power plant that provided lighting for the resort’ buildings and power for its water treatment plant.

Even before the Civil War, tourists were making their way to Point Lookout. The first resort here opened in 1860. Imagine the guests on the lawn, the women in long dresses with parasols, watching the steamboats en route to Baltimore and Washington.

The resort burned down in 1877, but in the 1920’s, Point Lookout became a resort community with a new hotel—the one with the power plant---was built. Visitors enjoyed the same features that we enjoy at Point Lookout today---beautiful views and the protected beaches of Chesapeake Bay.

Finally, because of shoreline erosion and the poor condition of the building, the hotel was torn down in 1989.

For nearly 150 years, the beaches of Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River have drawn summer visitors.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
 
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38° 2.49′ N, 76° 19.308′ W. Marker is in Scotland, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Maryland Route 5. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Scotland MD 20687, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Place of History (here, next to this marker); "Contraband" Camp (a few steps from this marker); Smallpox Epidemic (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Death at Point Lookout (about 400 feet away); Point Lookout-Hammond Hospital (about 700 feet away); John Wilkes Booth (about 700 feet away); Point Lookout State Park (about 700 feet away); A Crucial Point (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scotland.
 
A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Pete Payette, June 19, 2017
2. A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout Marker
A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, March 11, 2012
3. A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout Marker
A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, March 11, 2012
4. A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout Marker
A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, March 11, 2012
5. A Seaside Resort at Point Lookout Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 26, 2017. It was originally submitted on October 15, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,059 times since then and 396 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 15, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on June 26, 2017, by Pete Payette of Orange, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on October 15, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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