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Elkton in Cecil County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Strong Defense

Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail-War of 1812

 

—Fort Hollingsworth-Elk Landing —

 
Strong Defense Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 7, 2016
1. Strong Defense Marker
Inscription. Three defensive earthworks safeguarded Elkton---Fort Hollingsworth, here, plus Defiance and Frederick downriver. A 60-foot chain across the channel secured the Elk River. On April 29, 1813, defenders at Fort Defiance fired on approaching British barges, while Fort Hollingsworth fended off a land assault. Elkton successfully repulsed the British again in 1814.

“(The British) essayed to reach Elkton, but finding a (defensive chain) across the river and the little battery at the Landing…they retreated…”
Recollection of Judge Thomas J. Sample, February 24, 1872.

(Inscription beside the image in the bottom left)
Elkton was successfully defended thanks to Fort Hollingsworth and two earthworks downriver.

Misguided
According to legend, the British bribed an enslaved woman, Hetty Boulden, to guide them overland to Elkton. Instead, she led them to Cedar Point where American fire from Fort Hollingsworth drove them off. Years later, Boulden’s obituary notes the incident.
 
Erected by National Park Service US Department of Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 35.764′ N, 75° 

Strong Defense Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 7, 2016
2. Strong Defense Marker
50.419′ W. Marker is in Elkton, Maryland, in Cecil County. Marker is on Landing Lane. Touch for map. The marker is on the lawn of the Elk Landing property between the Hollingsworth white house and the stone building. It faces to the area where Fort Hollingsworth was located. Marker is at or near this postal address: 590 Landing Lane, Elkton MD 21921, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Delbert and E. Delbert Bros. Barge Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Valentine Hollingsworth (1632-1710) (within shouting distance of this marker); Hollingsworth House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Fort Hollingsworth (approx. 0.2 miles away); Holly Hall (approx. ¾ mile away); Site of Fort Defiance (approx. 0.9 miles away); “Partridge Hill” (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fighting Back (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elkton.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar of 1812
 
The back of the Strong Defense Marker and the stone building image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 7, 2016
3. The back of the Strong Defense Marker and the stone building
Hollingsworth House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 7, 2016
4. Hollingsworth House
Sign at the entrance to Historic Elk Landing image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 7, 2016
5. Sign at the entrance to Historic Elk Landing
Site of Fort Hollingsworth marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 7, 2016
6. Site of Fort Hollingsworth marker
This marker has previously been posted on HMDB.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 8, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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