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By Don Morfe, September 22, 2016
Commerce on the Water Marker
Maryland (Somerset County), Crisfield — Commerce on the Water
1. Construction of an ice plant on the waterfront allowed seafood packers to ship their products to more distant destinations. Buy boats, described in the next paragraph, are docked at the ice plant after unloading at one of the local packing . . . — Map (db m98703) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Crisfield — Crisfield
Center of the Chesapeake Bay seafood industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, known as the “Seafood Capital of the World.” Waterman settled the Somers Cove area in the 1660s; Community prospered after discovery of Tangier . . . — Map (db m66582) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Crisfield — J. Millard Tawes1894-1979
Born in Crisfield. Served Maryland for 37 years. Governor, 1959-1967; Comptroller of the Treasury, 1939-1947 and 1950-1959; First Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, 1969-1971; Treasurer of Maryland, 1973-1975. Oversaw expansion of the . . . — Map (db m98701) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Crisfield — Make Peace
Patented for 150 acres 1678 to John Roach. The brick house on this property is one of the finest examples of very early colonial architecture on the Eastern Shore. — Map (db m3879) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Crisfield — Searching for WaterCaptain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
Imagine you are parched and can’t find fresh water. That’s what happened to John Smith and his crew as they explored the Chesapeake’s Lower Eastern Shore in June 1608.

They sailed up the Pocomoke River, recorded on Smith’s map as the . . . — Map (db m98726) HM

Maryland (Somerset County), Crisfield — 'Spirit Of The American Doughboy'
     1917   1918     • A Memorial • To The Men Of Crisfield Who Served God And Country In The World War For Freedom —— • Roll Of Honor • *Julius R. Blades   Charles A. Lankford * * William J. . . . — Map (db m69293) HM WM
Maryland (Somerset County), Crisfield — The Evolving Crisfield Harbor
1. Commercial sailing ships once travelled the local waterways and frequently docked in the Crisfield harbor, as shown in this 1875 depiction. Watermen sold their seafood, harvested daily in local waters, to the town’s packing houses. Workers . . . — Map (db m98704) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Crisfield — The J. Millard Tawes Homeplace
25 Asbury Avenue has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior-9 July 1990 — Map (db m66580) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Crisfield — Ye Old St. Peters Methodist Church-Founded 1782Joshua Thomas "Parson of the Islands"
Preached his first sermon in this church. his spiritual birthplace. The site of his conversion in 1807, is 300 yards south. “The Methodists, “ his famous log canoe, was launched about 500 yards to the north. — Map (db m66579) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Dames Quarter — Henry's Beach1952-1982
Site of a popular day resort for African Americans and the general public. Business woman Lorraine Henry originally from Dames Quarter in Somerset County and her husband George purchased the land in 1952 and developed the only such resort in the . . . — Map (db m66575) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Deal Island — Joshua Thomas1776-1853
Born Potato Neck, Somerset County. Named “Parson of the Islands” by British Troops at Tangier Island. As their Pastor predicted their defeat at Baltimore, 1814. Spread Methodism on Tangier, Deal, Saxis and Spring Islands. Buried beside . . . — Map (db m66576) HM WM
Maryland (Somerset County), Ewell — Smith Island
Maryland's only remaining inhabited offshore island group. Named for early land owner Henry Smith. Chartered by Captain John Smith in 1608 as "The Russell Isles." English farmers John Evans and John Tyler came via Accomack County Virginia to become . . . — Map (db m8285) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Pocomoke City — Rehoboth("There is Room")
← 5 miles 1000 acres surveyed 1665 for Col. William Stevens, member of Governor's Council, through whose influence Francis Makemie came to Maryland and established Presbyterianism in the State. On this same tract . . . — Map (db m3883) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Princess Anne — Birthplace of Samuel Chase
17 April 1741      19 June 1811 ← Signer of the Declaration of Independence Judge of the General Court of MD, 1781 Judge of Baltimore County Court 1793 Judge of the U. S. Supreme Court 1796 — Map (db m3873) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Princess Anne — Col. George Gale1671-1712
About 2 miles southwest is “Tusculum” on Monie Creek, Plantation where Gale lived and lies buried (not open to the public). Born in Whitehaven, England, he settled in Maryland in 1701. His three vessels traded regularly between his . . . — Map (db m66573) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Princess Anne — Cultural Treasures
Crisfield Historical Museum The Crisfield Historical Museum includes exhibits of Native American culture, the harvesting and processing of seafood and the general history of the town. The Governor Tawes Library houses exhibits relating to . . . — Map (db m66569) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Princess Anne — Gen. Arnold Elzey C.S.A.1816-1871
Born at “Elmwood” and a graduate of West Point, Arnold Elzey (Jones) entered the Civil War, Apr 11, 1861, with the First Maryland Infantry, C.S.A. At First Manassas he was commissioned Brigadier General. He served under Generals . . . — Map (db m66577) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Princess Anne — Historic Boxwood GardensPrincess Anne
This southeast corner of Somerset Avenue, originally Bridge Street, and Washington Street, first named Upper Alley has been enhanced by this private boxwood garden since the first half of the 19th century. Long-standing tradition in Princess Anne . . . — Map (db m3878) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Princess Anne — Manokin Presbyterian Church
One of five churches organized by the Rev. Francis Makemie in 1683. First preaching on this ground, 1672. Original church constructed prior to 1692. Present walls erected 1765. Tower added 1888. — Map (db m3874) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Princess Anne — Princess Anne TownFounded 1733
By an act of Maryland’s General Assembly, 25 acres of the Beckford Plantation were purchased to establish Princess Anne, named for the daughter of King George II. The town was designated as the seat of Somerset County Court in 1742 and became an . . . — Map (db m66568) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Princess Anne — Princess Anne Treasures
Teackle Mansion The Teackle Mansion is an outstanding example of neoclassic architecture built between 1802 and 1819. The structure has many unique architectural features and houses a collection of 19th century furnishings. The mansion displays . . . — Map (db m66570) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Princess Anne — Somerset County Circuit Courthouse1904
The Courthouse was designed in the Georgian Revival style by architects Frank E. and Henry R. Davis of Baltimore, and was built by W. P. Pusey and Son of Snow Hill. The red brick structure is enriched with Indiana limestone features and stands on . . . — Map (db m3875) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Princess Anne — St. Andrew's Episcopal ChurchSomerset Parish
Parish established in 1692. St. Andrew's, a chapel-of-ease to All Saints' Church, Monie, was built in 1770 and consecrated in 1845. Tower erected 1859; spire and chapel 1893; wall and lich gate 1964. — Map (db m3877) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Princess Anne — Teackle Mansion
Built 1801 Built by Littleton Dennis Teackle Home of Somerset County Historical Society Setting of George Alfred Townsend's novel "The Entailed Hat" — Map (db m3876) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Princess Anne — University of Maryland Eastern ShorePrincess Anne
Located in Princess Anne, Somerset County, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore celebrates a rich African-American history. This historically black, land-granted doctoral degree granting institution was founded on September 13, 1886 as the . . . — Map (db m66563) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Princess Anne — University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Princess Anne Academy was established on September 13, 1886, to provide higher education for African Americans on the lower Eastern Shore. The Centenary Biblical Institute (later Morgan State College) and the Delaware Conference of the Methodist . . . — Map (db m66564) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Upper Fairmount — Saint Stephen's Church Coventry Parish
Established by the Maryland General Assembly, June, 1751, near Cottingham's Ferry, Worcester County. On the same site, a new church, consecrated by the Right Reverend William R. Whittingham, Bishop of Maryland, December, 1849, was . . . — Map (db m69427) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Venton — "Bloomsbury"Site of Home of Levin Winder
Levin Winder, 1757-1819, was a Lt. Colonel in the American Revolution and a Major General in the State Militia. He was a Federalist delegate to the General Assembly in 1806 and became Speaker in 1808. Elected Governor in 1812, he opposed . . . — Map (db m66574) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Westover — Coventry Parish Church
Erected 1784 - 1792 Placed on the National Register of Historic Places 9 August 1984 Ruins stabilized 1985 - 1990 under the auspices of Rehobeth Ruritan Club Maryland Historical Trust Somerset County Historical Trust B. J. . . . — Map (db m3881) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Westover — First Site of Washington Academy
A forerunner of Washington High School, the Academy was founded and built, 1767, under the proprietary laws of 1694, enlarged, 1776, and destroyed by fire, 1797. Originally called Somerset Academy, it was renamed and chartered as Washington Academy, . . . — Map (db m66578) HM
Maryland (Somerset County), Westover — 224 — Rehoboth Presbyterian ChurchAmerican Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
Here in 1683 Reverend Francis Makemie began his ministry and in 1706 built this church Ruins of Coventry Episcopal ChurchMap (db m122236) HM

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