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Glen Burnie in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Defending the Chesapeake Bay

Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 
 
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By F. Robby
1. Defending the Chesapeake Bay Marker
Inscription. The Curtis Creek Iron Furnace (also calle Aetna or Etna Furnace), established c. 1759, stood on the south side of Furnace Branch Creek in Glen Burnie, where Rte. 10 now crosses. The location ensured access to local iron ore deposits, wood from surrounding forests necessary for charcoal kilns, a constant source of water power from a one-mile mill race fed by Saw Mill Creek, and water transportation for exporting iron products.

During the War of 1812, the furnace provided 18-pound cannon and 32-pound carronades (a short-range naval weapon - smaller, lighter and requiring less gunpowder than long guns) for Commodore Joshua Barney's flotilla, a collection of barges used to defend against British attacks in the shallow waters of Chesapeake Bay.

[text in upper left box] Captain Abner Linthicum's company...was often in service...sometimes at Etna Furnace, Curtis Creek, where cannon were cast before and during the war."
-Baltimore Sun, September 1890, Account of Sarah Randle, whose father served under Capt. Linthicum in the 22nd Regiment, Maryland Militia, during the War of 1812

[text in lower right box] The actual Furnace site is not available for visitation at this time. The Historical and Genealogical Research Center at the Kuethe Library is operated jointly by the Ann Arundell County Historical
Defending the Chesapeake Bay Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby
2. Defending the Chesapeake Bay Marker
Closeup of the map in the middle of the marker: Overlay of Martenet's Fifth District Map (1860) on a Modern Day Aerial.
Society, Inc. and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, courtesy of the Kuethe Foundation.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 9.803′ N, 76° 37.54′ W. Marker is in Glen Burnie, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Crain Highway (Business Maryland Route 3) 0.1 miles south of Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard (Maryland Route 648), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is inside but above the brick wall fronting the Kuethe Library. Marker is in this post office area: Glen Burnie MD 21061, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. World War 1917 (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Alban's Episcopal Church (about 600 feet away); Sgt. Ronald M. Randazzo (approx. 0.2 miles away); Recreation Acres (approx. 0.4 miles away); To All Who Served (approx. half a mile away); Harundale Mall (approx. one mile away); Marley Chapel (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Burnie.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWar of 1812
 
Defending the Chesapeake Bay Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby
3. Defending the Chesapeake Bay Marker
Closeup of the photo on the marker: Ruins of the Curtis Creek Iron Furnace c. 1911
Defending the Chesapeake Bay Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 3, 2016
4. Defending the Chesapeake Bay Marker
Marker is in the foreground, tucked just inside the brick wall. The Kuethe Library is behind the trees in this photo.
Defending the Chesapeake Bay Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, October 3, 2016
5. Defending the Chesapeake Bay Marker
Looking south down the Crain Highway sidewalk, with marker in the left foreground.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 3, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 143 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 3, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
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