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

Three Notch Road

Three Notch Trail

 
 
Three Notch Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2019
1. Three Notch Road Marker
Inscription.  Three Notch Road has served as the main highway between northern St. Mary's and Point Lookout since the days of Native Americans and later the English colonists. The name is likely attributed to a 1704 law that stipulated "three notches of equal distance" shall be marked on trees to indicate a road leading to a ferry. The road was situated to bypass streams, waterways, and ravines, much as it does today—three centuries later.

Three Notch Road was reconstructed as the modern MD Route 235 between 1923 and 1938. The highway was then completely rebuilt during World War II to serve the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Between 1950 and 1985, MD Route 235 was converted into a four-lane, divided highway. In the early 2000s, the highway was expanded to six lanes in the California/Lexington Park area.

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In colonial times, the Three Notch Road was known as Main road or "Phenix" or Patuxent path.

Trail History 2006

The idea of constructing a hiking/biking trail on the railroad right-of-way was discussed as far back as the early 1970s; however, planning for the trail didn't begin
Three Notch Trail facing west image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, June 15, 2019
2. Three Notch Trail facing west
until the early 2000s. The first phase of the trail was opened for public use in Charlotte Hall in June 2006. It is envisioned that the trail will eventually run from Charlotte Hall to Lexington Park for a distance of over 25 miles and serve both recreational and alternate transportation needs.
 
Erected by Three Notch Trail.
 
Location. 38° 24.898′ N, 76° 41.715′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsville, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Morganza Turner Road 0.2 miles south of Three Notch Road (Maryland Route 235), on the right when traveling south. Located on the Three Notch Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mechanicsville MD 20659, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tobacco Barns (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named "Three Notch Road" (approx. 1.1 miles away); Three Notch Trail (approx. 1.4 miles away); Forest Hall (approx. 1 miles away); De La Brooke Manor (approx. 1 miles away); Extending the Rail (approx. 2.3 miles away); Village of Mechanicsville (approx. 3.1 miles away); "Deep Falls" (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsville.
 
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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 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 16, 2019, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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