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

History Quest

Mount Harmon Plantation

 
 
History Quest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 7, 2016
1. History Quest Marker
Inscription. The Sassafras River, stretching before you, provides a window into four centuries of history at Mount Harmon. Any number of historic events occurred within view of this spot.

European Exploration & Settlement
Captain John Smith, the first European to accurately map the Chesapeake Bay, sailed up the Sassafras River in 1608, meeting and trading with the Tockwogh Indians near Mount Harmon. Smith’s eloquent writings about the bounty of the Chesapeake spurred subsequent waves of European settlement. English, Dutch and Swedes settled Sassafras Neck in 1660s, seeking their fortunes on this fertile land with easy access to colonial trade routes.

The Vital Chesapeake
The Chesapeake Bay helped to shape Mount Harmon’s history by linking the plantation to national and international ports. For centuries, the Bay has served as an important resource for travel, commerce and recreation.

War of 1812
In May, 1813, the British navy sailed past Mount Harmon en route to Georgetown and Fredericktown where they waged attacks. These battles were part of the Chesapeake Campaign, when English ships targeted the Bay region due to its importance as the bread basket of young America.

(Inscription under the map on the left)
Detail from Captain John Smith’s map of the Chesapeake Bay printed in 1612.

(Inscription

History Quest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 7, 2016
2. History Quest Marker
The Sassafras River in the background
under the image in the upper center)
Baltimore Clipper, from collection of Ralph Eshelman.

(Inscription under the image in the upper right)
Painting by Thomas Birch, US Naval Academy Museum, from the collection of Ralph Eshelman—The American frigate Constitution captured the British frigate Guerriere on August 19, 1812.
 
Location. 39° 22.849′ N, 75° 56.403′ W. Marker is in Earlsville, Maryland, in Cecil County. Marker is on Mount Harmon Road. Touch for map. The marker is on the Cliff Point Trial on the Mount Harmon Plantation property. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Mount Harmon Road, Earleville MD 21919, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hilltop View (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); On the Wild Side (about 700 feet away); The Sassafras River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mount Harmon Plantation at World's End (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tobacco and Mount Harmon (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Mount Harmon Plantation at World's End (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Mount Harmon Plantation at World’s End (approx. 0.2 miles away); Plantation Life in the Colonial Era (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Earlsville.
 
Categories. Colonial EraExplorationWar of 1812Waterways & Vessels

 
History Quest Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 7, 2016
3. History Quest Marker
From the back of the marker you can see the Mount Harmon Plantation Mansion far in the background.
Close up of the Mount Harmon Plantation Mansion image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, August 7, 2016
4. Close up of the Mount Harmon Plantation Mansion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 11, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 9, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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