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St. Michaels in Talbot County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Navy Point Historic Houses

 
 
Navy Point Historic Houses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 23, 2012
1. Navy Point Historic Houses Marker
Inscription.  Eagle, Dodson and Higgins Houses have looked out over the St. Michaels waterfront for well over a hundred years now. When they were first built, the town's harbor would have been full of work boats, everything from oyster tonging skiffs and canoes to large commercial sailing vessels. The twice-weekly arrival of the steamboat from Baltimore would have been a cause for excitement.

The steamboat was a sign of things to come. By the end of the nineteenth century the owners of these houses were living elsewhere so they could rent out their former homes to tourists and summer boarders. It wouldn't be long before the character of the boat traffic in St. Michaels harbor would change as well.

Today the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum preserves these historic waterfront houses as administrative offices.

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Higgins House (c. 1851-1861); Dodson House (c. 1851-1861); Eagle House (1877-1891)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 38° 
Navy Point Historic Houses Marker in front of Dodson House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 23, 2012
2. Navy Point Historic Houses Marker in front of Dodson House
47.235′ N, 76° 13.254′ W. Marker was in St. Michaels, Maryland, in Talbot County. Marker could be reached from Cherry Street. Along the waterfront at Navy Point at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Saint Michaels MD 21663, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. A different marker also named Navy Point Historic Houses (here, next to this marker); Freedom's Figurehead (a few steps from this marker); What's under your feet? (within shouting distance of this marker); Oystering on the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); Deflecting the Enemy (within shouting distance of this marker); War in the Chesapeake (within shouting distance of this marker); Shallop (within shouting distance of this marker); Lost Overboard (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Michaels.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has been replaced by the linked marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Eagle House. from the Maryland Inventory of Historical Places (Submitted on November 24, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Higgins House. from the Maryland Inventory of Historical Places (Submitted on November 24, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

3. Captain Dodson House. from the Maryland Inventory of Historical Places (Submitted on November 24, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional comments.
Higgins and Dodson Houses image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 23, 2012
3. Higgins and Dodson Houses

1. Oral Tradition
Word of mouth has it that these houses were all bordellos in their time.
    — Submitted November 24, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
 
Eagle House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 23, 2012
4. Eagle House
The Eagle atop Eagle House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 23, 2012
5. The Eagle atop Eagle House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 367 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 24, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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