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Solomons in Calvert County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Menace on the Horizon

Star-Spangled Banner National Historical Trail

 

— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
Menace on the Horizon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
1. Menace on the Horizon Marker
Inscription.  Terror reigned along the Patuxent River in 1814. British invaders plundered and burned towns and plantations on both sides of the river. Menacing warships within view on Somervell’s Island (present-day Solomons) blockaded the river’s mouth, cutting off trade and trapping Commodore Joshua Barney’s Chesapeake Flotilla.

British attacks continued “like drum beats up and down the river” throughout the summer. In August the British commander reported: this “country is in general in a horrible state.” With little more effort the Americans could be “completely at our mercy.” The British pressed their offensive up the Patuxent toward Washington, D. C.

To learn more about the war along the Patuxent visit:
*Exhibit hall here at Calvert Marine Museum-Interactive map depicting the British invasion route, artifacts from the scuttled American flotilla.
*Tudor Hall-Wayside and interior War of 1812 exhibits.
*Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum-Exhibits, site of largest naval engagement in Maryland history.
*Sotterley Plantation-Restored 18th century plantation and slave quarter; period gardens;

Close up of the map on the Menace on the Horizon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
2. Close up of the map on the Menace on the Horizon Marker
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a mustering site for militia during the war.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1814.
 
Location. 38° 19.891′ N, 76° 27.842′ W. Marker is in Solomons, Maryland, in Calvert County. Marker can be reached from Solomons Island Road South (Route 2) just south of Thomas Johnson Road, on the left when traveling south. The marker is on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum in front of the main exhibition hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14200 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons MD 20688, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chaney Rail Skiff (here, next to this marker); Whittington Rail Skiff (here, next to this marker); Yawl Boat (here, next to this marker); Marine Railway Gears (here, next to this marker); Crab Skiff Pep (Reproduction) (a few steps from this marker); Hooper Island Launch Penguin (a few steps from this marker); Jenkins Creek Crab Scrape Geda (a few steps from this marker); Humphreys Rowing Skiff (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Solomons.
 
Side panel on the Menace on the Horizon Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, February 10, 2015
3. Side panel on the Menace on the Horizon Marker
The Main Exhibition Hall of the Calvert Maritime Museum is in the background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 31, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 26, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 334 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 26, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 7, 2022