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

"have Their houses near the Watters"

Settling

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, August 30, 2019
1. "have Their houses near the Watters" Marker
Inscription.  Archaeological evidence and written documents from later periods show humans have been present along both sides of this river for thousands of years. For American Indians and European colonists, the river and creeks were part of a transportation system on which goods and services could be carried and neighbors linked. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the river provided access to the trade routes of the world where tobacco could be sold for imported tools, furniture, clothing, servants, and eventually, slaves. Throughout the next three hundred years, tobacco cultivation formed the basis of the economy along these shores.

After the capital was moved to Annapolis in 1695, the waterfront remained central to a rural way of life. Farming continued to dominate but by the 1830s harvesting for fish, oysters, and crabs provided a livelihood for many and continues on a more limited basis into the 21st century. Today, recreational activities on and along the water are a popular pastime.
 
Erected by Historic St. Mary's City.
 
Location. 38° 11.15′ 
"have Their houses near the Watters" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, August 30, 2019
2. "have Their houses near the Watters" Marker
N, 76° 26.089′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Old State House Road west of Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47414 Old State House Road, Saint Marys City MD 20686, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to the Maryland Dove (a few steps from this marker); Taking Sail, Taking Chances (a few steps from this marker); Upon This Shore (within shouting distance of this marker); Watery Highways (within shouting distance of this marker); In 1648 Margaret Brent Asks for “Vote...And Voyce” (within shouting distance of this marker); Mathias de Sousa (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to the Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Out the Door (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Mary's City.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 28 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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