Port Tobacco in Charles County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Discover Southern Maryland’s Amazing Stories of Exploration, Hope, and Courage
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
“Passing along the coast, searching every inlet, and bay, fit for harbours and habitations…”
Captain Johns Smith, describing his explorations of the Chesapeake region in 1608.
Many people know of Captain John Smith’s role in the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. But few know that Smith also explored and mapped nearly 3,000 miles of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, all in an open boat, with a small group of companions, encountering many thriving Native American communities along the way. This trail, America’s first waterway national historic trail, follow’s Smith’s remarkable journey and the tidal waters that he explored.
Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
“And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Francis Scott Key, fourth stanza of the Star Spangled Banner, 1814.
The 290-mile historic trail connects the places and events of the War of 1812 that led Francis Scott Key to pen the words to our national
Religious Freedom National Scenic Byway
"No Person or Persons…shall henceforth be in any ways troubled molested or discountenanced for or in respect of his or her Religion nor in the free exercise thereof…”
Act Concerning Religion
Maryland General Assembly, April 21, 1649
Freedom of religion in America has its roots here in Southern Maryland. Along this scenic byway you can explore the story behind the first attempt in America to introduce what were considered radical ideas: religious toleration and to separate church from government. This fundamental belief can be traced through American history to the First Amendment of the Constitution guaranteeing everyone living the United States the right to believe as they wish.
National Scenic Trail
“…a great avenue into the Western Country…one of the finest rivers in the world…”
George Washington, describing
The Potomac River in 1793
George Washington lived along and traveled the Potomac River, pursuing his dream to connect the Atlantic Seaboard with an expanding western frontier. His efforts to use the river as a commercial artery influenced industrialization
Discover more at www.DestinationSouthernMaryland.com
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This project has been financed in part with state funds from the Maryland Heritages Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect views or policies of the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.
Erected 2018 by The National Park Service, the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium, and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.
Location. 38° 31.824′ N, 77° 2.149′ W. Marker is in Port Tobacco, Maryland, in Charles County. Marker can be reached from Rose Hill Road 1.7 miles north of Port Tobacco Road. Touch for map. Enter Thomas Stone National Historic Site. Turn left at T-intersection. Marker in front of the Visitor Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6655 Rose Hill Road, Port Tobacco MD 20677, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies Ways to Explore Southern Maryland’s Scenic and Historic Routes (here, next to this marker); Discover Thomas Stone National Historic Site (a few steps from this marker); Thomas Stone (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rose Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Rose Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Port Tobacco (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Thomas Stone (approx. 1.3 miles away); Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Tobacco.
Also see . . .
1. Thomas Stone National Historic Site, National Park Service. (Submitted on January 16, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland.)
2. Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. (Submitted on January 17, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland.)
3. Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, National Park Service. (Submitted on January 17, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland.)
4. Religious Freedom Byway. (Submitted on January 17, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland.)
5. Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, National Park Service. (Submitted on January 17, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland.)
6. Star-Spangled Banner Byway, Maryland Scenic Byways. (Submitted on January 17, 2019, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland.)
Categories. Colonial Era • Native Americans • War of 1812 • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2018, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland. This page has been viewed 83 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 21, 2018, by David Lassman of Waldorf, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.