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

Where Land Meets Water

 
 
Where Land Meets Water Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 13, 2008
1. Where Land Meets Water Marker
Inscription.  Since Colonial times, the Galesville peninsula has been defined by the West River and the Chesapeake Bay. But 18,000 years ago, these waters did not exist! The Susquehanna River once flowed east of here. As glaciers melted, the sea level rose, flooding the river valley. Natural and human factors have continued to shape Galesville. The once dense forests gave way to houses and businesses. As fish, crab, and oyster harvests have diminished, pleasure boats replaced works boats in local coves and marinas.

I remember ox drawn wagons pulling hogsheads of tobacco down the road in front of our house going to Steamboat Landing."
Agnes Smith Dixon, Galesville native

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This illustration shows the ancient Susquehanna River superimposed on today's Chesapeake Bay.

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From the early 17th to the early 20th centuries, tobacco, vegetables, fruits and livestock were shipped to local and foreign markets.

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In the early 20th century, oyster houses such as Woodfield's lined the shore. Here, watermens' abundant catches were processed for shipment to
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far-away markets. Most of this work was done by African Americans.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable PlacesWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 38° 50.614′ N, 76° 32.51′ W. Marker is in Galesville, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 988, Galesville MD 20765, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Galesville (a few steps from this marker); Steamboat Landing (a few steps from this marker); Carrie Weedon House (a few steps from this marker); Native Plants (a few steps from this marker); Valuable Wetlands (within shouting distance of this marker); William Penn (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Women of Hartge Yacht Yard (1934-2006) (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galesville.
 
Where Land Meets Water Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Busta-Peck, March 13, 2008
2. Where Land Meets Water Marker
Marker is on the right.
Boardwalk with markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Christopher Busta-Peck
3. Boardwalk with markers
Carrie Weedon house is in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,152 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 14, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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