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Charlotte Hall in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ye Coole Springs

Three Notch Trail

 
 
Ye Coole Springs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2019
1. Ye Coole Springs Marker
Inscription.  Legends of healing waters in St. Mary's came from the Native Americans and the colonists who believed in the therapeutic properties of the fresh water springs at Charlotte Hall. Around 1698, Governor Thomas Nicholson appointed trustees to purchase land called Ye Coole Springs for houses to be built for the care of the sick and infirm.

Many believe Ye Coole Springs was the site of the first hospital in Maryland and the second in the English colonies.

A gateway to the springs was erected by the Francis Scott Key Chapter of the D.A.R. and bronze panels were placed in remembrance of distinguished Marylanders. Several natural springs still exist on the site today; however, drinking from the springs is not recommended.

Rail History 1868

The Southern Maryland Railroad was incorporated on March 20, 1868. Original plans called for the line to extend from Washington, D.C. to the deep water ports of the lower Chesapeake Bay with branches to the Patuxent and St. Mary's Rivers. By 1881, despite financial and other difficulties along the way, the rail line began service from Brandywine to Mechanicsville. By
Three Notch Trail facing west image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2019
2. Three Notch Trail facing west
1884, the line consisted of twenty-one miles of track.
 
Erected by Three Notch Trail, Rotary Club of Charlotte Hall.
 
Location. 38° 28.649′ N, 76° 46.67′ W. Marker is in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker is on Charlotte Hall Road south of Charlotte Hall School Road, on the right when traveling south. Located on the Three Notch Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlotte Hall MD 20622, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cadet Pierre A. Mourthé (within shouting distance of this marker); Coole Springs of Saint Marie’s (within shouting distance of this marker); Rear Admiral Raphael Semmes C.S.N. (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported permanently removed. ); Charlotte Hall School (within shouting distance of this marker); Maryland Begins Here (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); No Match for British Might (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Charlotte Hall School (about 800 feet away); Village of Charlotte Hall (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charlotte Hall.
 
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Three Notch Trail facing east image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2019
3. Three Notch Trail facing east
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 16, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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