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

Port of Entry

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, January 6, 2013
1. Port of Entry Marker
Inscription. During colonial days, English government has hopes of exporting furs, foodstuffs, timber, flax and other products from Maryland's ports to the home county. In reality, tobacco was the only notable item produced and exported to England in large quantities.

In the 18th century, Sotterley Creek accommodated fairly large ocean-going boats such as Brigs, Brigantines, and Schooners. Brigs measuring more than 100 feet in length were the workhorses of the Atlantic and Caribbean trade, carrying up to 500 hogsheads of tobacco.

By the 19th century, severe silting made passage of the creek nearly impossible, except for smaller sloops. By the end of the Civil War, the creek was abandoned entirely by tradesmen.

Sotterley Plantation played an integral role in international and domestic trade in the 17th and 18th centuries. Plantation owners George Plater II and George Plater III inspected ships from England, Ireland and the West Indies, as well as domestic ports.

Hogsheads of tobacco from Sotterley and neighboring plantations were shipped to British ports and exchanged for furniture, tools, paper, household items, linens and other goods. Sotterley received rum, sugar, molasses, and spices from Caribbean ports.
 
Erected by Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network.
 
Location.
Port of Entry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 6, 2013
2. Port of Entry Marker
38° 22.611′ N, 76° 32.237′ W. Marker is in Hollywood, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Sotterley Lane. Touch for map. The marker is on Sotterley Plantation south of the main house at the end of the Rolling Road at Sotterly Creek. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood MD 20636, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tobacco's Impact (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sotterley's Remaining Slave Cabin (approx. 0.2 miles away); War Hits Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Rosedale (approx. one mile away); A Place in Chesapeake History (approx. 1.8 miles away); June 1814 — War Visits the Patuxent (approx. 1.8 miles away); Idyllic Retreat — Beach House on the Point (approx. 1.8 miles away); Smith’s St. Leonard Site (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hollywood.
 
Categories. AgricultureColonial EraWaterways & Vessels
 
Loading Hogsheads of Tobacco image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 6, 2013
3. Loading Hogsheads of Tobacco
George Plater II (1695-1755) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 6, 2013
4. George Plater II (1695-1755)
Sotterly Trade Routes image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 6, 2013
5. Sotterly Trade Routes
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 15, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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