Near Avalon in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
At a fording point just below the Thomas Viaduct both Lafayette and Rochambeau crossed the Patapsco with their armies on separate occasions in 1781 while enroute to Yorktown to force the surrender of Cornwallis. Lafayette lost nin men and a boat in crossing the treacherous waters of the Patapsco.
Location. 39° 13.66′ N, 76° 43.367′ W. Marker is near Avalon, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Washington Boulevard (U.S. 1) and South Street. Touch for map. Marker is within the Patapsco Valley State Park - Avalon area, on the northern side of the Patapsco River, just under 1 mile from the park gate building, and about 500 feet from the Avalon Visitor Center parking lot. Entrance to PVSP is about 300 feet north of the US 1 - South Street intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Halethorpe MD 21227, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Powering the Patapso Valley's Industries A Place For Progress (about 400 feet away); Iron Builds America (about 400 feet away); The C.C.C. Builds Our Park (about 400 feet away); Forging Freedom and Nails (about 600 feet away); Drinking Water for the Public (about 700 feet away); The Baltimore County Water and Electric Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Old Relay Station and Hotel (approx. 0.6 miles away but has been reported missing). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Avalon.
Regarding Elkridge Landing. There are two identical Maryland historical roadside markers titled "Elk Ridge Landing" in Elkridge, Maryland, about 1 mile south of this marker. About 3.5 miles north of here is a "Rolling Road" marker at the intersection of Frederick Road and Rolling Road.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,254 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 5, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.