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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Caroline County, Maryland

 
Clickable Map of Caroline County, Maryland and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Caroline County, MD (85) Dorchester County, MD (148) Queen Anne s County, MD (100) Talbot County, MD (130) Kent County, DE (250) Sussex County, DE (421)  CarolineCounty(85) Caroline County (85)  DorchesterCounty(148) Dorchester County (148)  QueenAnne'sCounty(100) Queen Anne's County (100)  TalbotCounty(130) Talbot County (130)  KentCountyDelaware(250) Kent County (250)  SussexCounty(421) Sussex County (421)
Denton is the county seat for Caroline County
Adjacent to Caroline County, Maryland
      Dorchester County (148)  
      Queen Anne's County (100)  
      Talbot County (130)  
      Kent County, Delaware (250)  
      Sussex County, Delaware (421)  
 
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1Maryland, Caroline County, Andersontown — North-South Boundary Between the State of Maryland and the State of Delaware
On Shore Highway (Maryland Route 404) near the State Line, on the right when traveling east.
This monument commemorates the completion in 1976 of the resurvey by the U.S. Department of Commerce of the north-south boundary between the State of Maryland and the State of Delaware known historically as the Mason and Dixon Line. The original . . . Map (db m88751) HM
2Maryland, Caroline County, Choptank — 25 — Choptank LandingEscape from Poplar Neck — Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
On Water Street.
While the Choptank River could pose a troublesome barrier to those without a boat, others used the river as a path to freedom. Josiah Bailey, an enslaved logger and shipbuilder, rowed six miles up the river. His destination was Poplar Neck, . . . Map (db m79172) HM
3Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — "29, Let's Go!"
On South 4th Street north of Randolph Street, on the right when traveling north.
"29, let's go!" "To All Who Serve" A Living Tribute to Our Caroline County Veterans and their Families In Honor of their Dedication and Sacrifice For this Nation's Freedom [Engraving on nearby . . . Map (db m137765) WM
4Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Bell from First Methodist Church
On 5th Street south of Franklin Street (Maryland Route 404), on the right when traveling south.
This bell was originally located in the First Methodist (M.E.) Church on Market Street. It is believed the bell was installed during its construction in 1867.Map (db m137764) HM
5Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — 33 — Caroline County Visitor CenterAbolitionists Abound — Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
On Crouse Park Lane west of Gay Street (Maryland Route 404), on the right when traveling west.
With more free than enslaved blacks and a sympathetic Quaker population, Caroline County was a hotbed of Underground Railroad activity until slavery was abolished in Maryland in 1864. Slaves, freemen of color, and whites often . . . Map (db m205449) HM
6Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Caroline Court House
On Market Street near Between 1st and 2nd Streets, on the right when traveling west.
Caroline County-established, 1773, from parts of Queen Anne's and Dorchester Counties — held its early courts at seven different locations until 1797 when its first courthouse was built on this site, once known as Pig Point. The 1895 . . . Map (db m3388) HM
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7Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — 31 — Caroline CourthouseIn the Shadow of Justice — Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
On Market Street at North 2nd Street on Market Street.
Many facets of 19th century rural life focused on a county’s courthouse. Elected officials, lawyers, merchants, and ordinary citizens all had reasons to gather at the Caroline County Courthouse Square. For the enslaved and abolitionists, the . . . Map (db m79340) HM
8Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — 35 — Choptank River Heritage CenterSteal Away by River — Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
On River Landing Road.
The Choptank River was as entwined with the history of slavery and freedom on the Eastern Shore as any plantation. Slaves arrived by boat for auction and left the dock in the hands of a new owner. At wharves like this, black watermen played an . . . Map (db m79342) HM
9Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Denton
On 5th Street at South 6th Street, on the right when traveling north on 5th Street.
Originally called "Edenton" for Robert Eden, Maryland's last Colonial Governor. Caroline County was named in honor of his wife Caroline Calvert, a sister of Frederick, the last Lord Baltimore.Map (db m3391) HM
10Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Denton Schoolhouse
On South 2nd Street south of Franklin Street (Maryland Route 404), on the left when traveling north.
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior [Additional plaque nearby:] This 1883 schoolhouse and the colonial garden was owned by the . . . Map (db m137766) HM
11Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Early Commercial Agriculture
Near Detour Road east of Harmony Road (Maryland Route 16), on the right when traveling east.
Once the Native American population was annihilated, dislocated, or marginalized by the public s well as private efforts, the type of crop grown had a great impact on the new residents of Edmondson's Reserve. The first successful crop . . . Map (db m199272) HM
12Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Edmondson's Reserve
Near Detour Road, 0.4 miles east of Harmony Road (Maryland Route 16), on the right when traveling east.
The Caroline County 4-H Park, Delmarva Girl Scout Camp, and the farms bordering Detour Road are located on a former 1,050-acre tract of land that evidence indicates once served as a privately-owned Indian "reservation" called Edmondson's . . . Map (db m199271) HM
13Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Emancipation's Close CallDid Union Troops Suppress the Vote?
On Market Street at North 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west on Market Street.
The 1863 Emancipation Proclamation did not free Maryland's enslaved people, as states that remained in the Union were excluded from the proclamation's provisions. It was Maryland's new constitution, adopted by the narrow margin of 291 votes out . . . Map (db m205446) HM
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14Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Great Wars of World Conflict
On Market Street at 1st Street, on the left when traveling east on Market Street.
Dedicated in honor of the men and women from Caroline County who served their country during the great wars of world conflict.Map (db m4534) WM
15Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Hubs of ActivityTerminals, Wharves and Landings on the Choptank
On River Landing Road, 0.4 miles north of New Bridge Road (Maryland Route 328), on the right when traveling north. Reported unreadable.
Sailboats and steamboats unloaded and loaded passengers and freight all along the Choptank. As trade increased in the 1800s, people built wharves and landings every few miles on the river. A wharf bustled with activity when a boat arrived. . . . Map (db m68427) HM
16Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — John Wilkes BoothEscape of an Assassin — War on the Chesapeake Bay
On 2nd Street at Gay Street, on the right when traveling north on 2nd Street. Reported permanently removed.
Divided loyalties and ironies tore at Marylanders’ hearts throughout the Civil War: enslaved African-Americans and free United States Colored Troops; spies and smugglers; civilians imprisoned without trial to protect freedom; neighbors and . . . Map (db m168144) HM
17Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Maryland Steamboat Company's Joppa Wharf at DentonThe Wharves at Choptank Crossing
On River Landing Road.
This site recreates the Golden Age of Steam on the Choptank River Here you'll find the restored Joppa steamboat wharf and terminal from the 1800s, a visitor center and museum, and a Chesapeake Bay skipjack. This area was once a thriving . . . Map (db m98435) HM
18Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Maryland's Eastern ShoreHundreds of Enslaved and Free Black Men Enlisted
On North 2nd Street at Gay Street, on the right when traveling north on North 2nd Street. Reported permanently removed.
Although isolated from Maryland's largest population centers, the Eastern Shore was important to the state's role in the Civil War and exemplified the citizens' divided loyalties. In the years before the war, enslaved African-Americans here . . . Map (db m113505) HM
19Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Moses and the HoundsHarriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
On Foot of Gay Street.
Growing up as a slave near Easton, MD, Moses Viney often heard, "The wild geese come from Canada, where all are free." When he was 23 years old, Moses learned he might be sold to a new owner in the Deep South. To avoid this fate, he and two . . . Map (db m79341) HM
20Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Mystery Ship
Near Martinak State Park Road, 0.4 miles south of Deep Shore Road, on the left when traveling south.
The boat fragments you see here are most likely from a pungy. They were discovered in nearby Watts Creek during the 1960s. Theories vary on how this vessel ended up here — pirates may have run it aground or its captain may have . . . Map (db m198810) HM
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21Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Neck Meeting House
On Maryland Route 404 at Maryland Route 328, on the right when traveling west on State Route 404.
Neck or Tuckahoe Neck Meeting House was built in 1802 by members of the Society of Friends who had been Nicholites, a sect that originated in Caroline County. The building was used as a house of worship and as a Friends School until 1897. The . . . Map (db m5075) HM
22Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Neck Meeting House Native Garden
On Meeting House Road.
These native plants have evolved in this region over 10,000 years and are well adapted to the area's uniq;ue conditions. They contribute to the health and the environment by filtering pollutants, moderating storm water runoff and preventing . . . Map (db m98436) HM
23Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Nest of TraitorsThe Denton Arrests
On River Landing Road, 0.4 miles north of New Bridge Road (Maryland Route 328), on the right when traveling north. Reported missing.
On August 17, 1862, the steamboat Balloon arrived at Denton wharf and disembarked a company of New York infantry and a troop of cavalry. The soldiers quickly arrested twelve prominent local citizens and transported them to imprisonment at . . . Map (db m68428) HM
24Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — On this spot Sept. 5, 1938 stood Franklin Delano Roosevelt
On Market Street, on the left when traveling west.
"It is the privilege of some of us to dream dreams, and some of us to carry out the dreams of others"Map (db m3541) HM
25Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Peter Still: The Kidnapped and the Ransomed
Near Detour Road east of Harmony Road (Maryland Route 16), on the right when traveling east.
While playing with his eight-year-old brother in front of their enslaved mother's "cottage", a six-year-old slave boy named Peter Still and his brother were sold "down South" in 1806 by the owner of Edmondson's Reserve. Peter's . . . Map (db m199279) HM
26Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — President Roosevelt's Speech1938 — "The Biggest Day That Denton Had Ever Seen" —
On Market Street west of North 2nd Street, on the left when traveling west.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt made a critical address broadcast by radio to the entire nation from this spot at 2:00 p.m. on Labor Day, September 5, 1938. He arrived in Denton in a large motorcade led by the local fire company, National . . . Map (db m137770) HM
27Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Revolution or Fraud?Emancipation in Caroline Co.
On Market Street at 2nd Street, on the right when traveling west on Market Street. Reported permanently removed.
Maryland slaves were not freed by the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, which excluded states that remained in the Union from its provisions. It was Maryland's new constitution, adopted by the narrow margin of 291 votes of almost 60,000 cast on . . . Map (db m3389) HM
28Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Ruth Ann Crouse
On South 5th Avenue south of Legion Road, on the right when traveling south.
This garden is dedicated in honor of Ruth Ann Crouse in recognition of her exceptional legacy of service to Choptank Community Health System. As a cofounder and board member for 40 years, Ms. Crouse's leadership provided a lasting impact . . . Map (db m198808) HM
29Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Steamboats on the Choptank RiverConnecting Denton to the World
On River Landing Road, 0.4 miles north of New Bridge Road (Maryland Route 328), on the right when traveling north. Reported damaged.
Steamboats carrying passengers and freight brought prosperity to Denton and Caroline County during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Caroline County's economy was based on agriculture. Farmers had to market their products. Steamboats quickly . . . Map (db m68429) HM
30Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Sydney Still: "Sydney's Choice"
Near Detour Road east of Harmony Road (Maryland Route 16), on the right when traveling east.
Reminiscent of William Styron's novel entitled Sophie's Choice about Nazis in World War II dividing a mother from her children, a small but profound drama played out in 1806 in Caroline County: An enslaved mother named Sydney Still was . . . Map (db m199276) HM
31Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — The County Alms House, then PlaindealingStark Realities… Stately Home, c. 1792 - 2017
On South 5th Avenue south of Legion Drive, on the right when traveling south.
A large brick structure that stood here for over two centuries had many historic uses. Alms House (c. 1792-1826): County officials could commit a person to the "Poor House" with legal due process. The inmates had to work hard, sleep . . . Map (db m198805) HM
32Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — The Denton Arrests"Arresting … treasonable characters"
On Crouse Park Lane west of Gay Street (Maryland Route 404), on the right when traveling west.
The Denton wharf, here on the Choptank River, was the site of endless steamboat traffic, escapes of enslaved people on the Underground Railroad, and the arrests of active secessionists during the Civil War. On August 17, 1862, the steamboat . . . Map (db m205463) HM
33Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — The Doncaster Dwelling: A Perfect Substitute
Near Detour Road east of Harmony Road (Maryland Route 16), on the right when traveling east.
The historic dwelling on on this site is not original to the tract of land first called Edmondson's Reserve. No original buildings survive from Edmondson's Reserve, which was first used as a private Indian Reservation, then as . . . Map (db m199275) HM
34Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — The Food Sources of Enslaved Afro-Marylanders
Near Detour Road east of Harmony Road (Maryland Route 16), on the right when traveling east.
The diet of enslaved persons was especially poor in nutrition, protein, and calcium. It came from three main sources. Rations: Frederick Douglass, enslaved in a county adjoining Caroline, stated:
"The . . . Map (db m199283) HM
35Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — The Martinak Boat50th Anniversary
Near Martinak State Park Road, 0.4 miles south of Deep Shore Road, on the left when traveling south.
The Chesapeake Bay is renowned for diverse, regionally-developed vessels. The Log Canoe evolved from the hollowed logs, or dugouts used by the indigenous peoples the colonists encountered. These were enlarged by carving additional logs that . . . Map (db m198820) HM
36Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — 34 — Tuckahoe Neck Meeting HouseLiving Their Beliefs — Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
On Meeting House Road.
The Quakers, also known as Friends, who met in this Meeting House not only held strong opinions on the abolition of slavery and women’s rights, but they also acted on those beliefs. After 1790, the Friends who gathered here refused membership to . . . Map (db m79354) HM
37Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — Two Neighbors * Two Governors * Two StatesThe Citizens of Denton and Caroline County Honor Two Native Sons — Sherman W. Tribbitt, Governor of Delaware, 1973; Harry Roe Hughes, Governor of Maryland, 1979-1987 —
On Franklin Street (Maryland Route 404) at South 2nd Street, on the right when traveling east on Franklin Street.
Less than a block in both directions from this site, two young men from this small town grew up as Depression-era neighbors, competed in sports, later entered public service, and rose to the highest elective office in the neighboring states of . . . Map (db m137768) HM
38Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — War Along the ChesapeakeA Divided Region
On North 2nd Street just south of Gay Street (Maryland Route 404), on the right when traveling north.
Welcome to Caroline County! The Civil War intruded into quiet Eastern Shore communities, and residents of this beautiful, water-laced region faced difficult choices. In the years before the war, enslaved African Americans from the Eastern . . . Map (db m205444) HM
39Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — White Tenant Farmers
Near Detour Road east of Harmony Road (Maryland Route 16), on the right when traveling east.
Living in a cramped tenant house like the Doncaster Dwelling (1829) and working with only primitive tools, white tenant farmers suffered from pestilence, adverse weather and volatile markets as they labored relentlessly to provide for . . . Map (db m199274) HM
40Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — 30 — William Still CenterFamilies Divided & United — Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
On Detour Road.
William Still’s mother Sidney and several of his siblings lived in a cottage on the plantation where they were enslaved. Sidney escaped with her children to join her husband in New Jersey, but she was soon recaptured and returned to Maryland. . . . Map (db m79313) HM
41Maryland, Caroline County, Denton — William Still: "Father of the Underground Railroad"
Near Detour Road east of Harmony Road (Maryland Route 16), on the right when traveling east.
often called the "Father of the Underground Railroad" (UGRR) and second in importance only to Harriet Tubman, William Still joined the UGRR in the late 1840s as a result of decisions made decades earlier by the owner of a tract of land in . . . Map (db m199281) HM
42Maryland, Caroline County, Federalsburg — A Paradise For SmugglersNanticoke River, 1861-1863
On South Main Street (Maryland Route 308) north of Smith Street, on the right when traveling north.
During the Civil War, Maryland's Eastern Shore became a "smuggler's paradise," as coasting vessels from New York made daily runs with contraband goods to the unguarded rivers of Delaware. Cargoes were then carried by wagon to the upper reaches of . . . Map (db m137738) HM
43Maryland, Caroline County, Federalsburg — Civil War Memorial
Near Bloomingdale Avenue (Maryland Route 315) west of Old Denton Road, on the right when traveling west.
In memory of the soldiers of the Civil War buried in this cemeteryMap (db m137762) WM
44Maryland, Caroline County, Federalsburg — Exeter / Idlewild Mill
On Denton Road, 0.2 miles north of Laurel Grove Road, on the left when traveling north.
Exeter Exeter is one of the oldest remaining structures in the southern part of Caroline County. According to land records, the Reverend Thomas Dill (Dell) was granted a survey certificate and patent for 50 acres of land in Dorchester . . . Map (db m137763) HM
45Maryland, Caroline County, Federalsburg — Federalsburg Hometown Veterans Memorial
On Rosser Road south of Federalsburg Highway (Maryland Route 313), on the left when traveling south.
Dedicated to honor the sacrifices of all men and women who served our country God of compassion, God of dignity and strength, Watch over our veterans In recognition of their loyal service to our nation Bless them with . . . Map (db m137737) WM
46Maryland, Caroline County, Federalsburg — Former Clubhouse at Federal FieldHome of the Federalsburg Athletics — The Eastern Shore League —
On University Avenue North at Greenridge Road, on the right when traveling north on University Avenue North.
This building is the former clubhouse at Federal Field, and home to the Federalsburg Athletics of the Class D Eastern Shore League, which was a minor league affiliate of Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics. Fifteen ball players from the A's, . . . Map (db m137760) HM
47Maryland, Caroline County, Federalsburg — Marshyhope Creek Bridge
On East Central Avenue (Maryland Route 306), on the left when traveling west.
Until it was named Federalsburg in 1812, the community took its name from the bridge at this crossing. This 215-foot concrete structure was built in 1910 by the Luten Bridge Company of York, Pennsylvania, a firm noted for its filled Spanderel . . . Map (db m60467) HM
48Maryland, Caroline County, Federalsburg — The Historic Nanticoke Lodge Masonic Temple
On North Main Street (Maryland Route 315) just north of West Central Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
. . . Map (db m137758) HM
49Maryland, Caroline County, Federalsburg — Veterans Memorial
Near Bloomingdale Avenue (Route 315) west of Old Denton Road, on the right when traveling west.
In Memoriam Dedicated to Veterans of all the wars of the United StatesMap (db m137761) WM
50Maryland, Caroline County, Greensboro — Choptank River Park
On East Sunset Avenue (Maryland Route 314) west of Greensboro Road (Maryland Route 313), on the left when traveling west.
Proud of their heritage along the banks of the Choptank River, the Town of Greensboro owns and manages Choptank River Park. The park served as the volunteer fire company's carnival grounds for many years until 2015, when after years of repeated . . . Map (db m205486) HM
51Maryland, Caroline County, Greensboro — Goldsborough House
On West Sunset Ave. at Church Street, on the right when traveling west on West Sunset Ave..
Judge Laird Goldsborough lived here 1897-1970. As onetime Adjutant General of the Philippines he authored the Island's first constitution. Part of the house is of pre-revolutionary construction. Among other members of this Caroline County family . . . Map (db m3394) HM
52Maryland, Caroline County, Greensboro — Greensboro
On East Sunset Avenue (Maryland Route 314) at Greensboro Road (Maryland Route 313), on the right when traveling west on East Sunset Avenue.
Founded 1732 as Bridge-Town, then in Queen Anne's and Dorchester Counties. Named Greensboro 1791. Sessions of Caroline County Court held here November, December, 1778; June 1779; march, 1780. Choptank Bridge, the first across the river built near . . . Map (db m3395) HM
53Maryland, Caroline County, Greensboro — 33 — GreensboroThreatened by Ideas — Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
On North Main Street (Route 480) just south of Cedar Lane, on the right when traveling south. Reported missing.
More than cargo flowed through commercial towns like Greensboro. Abolitionist ideas and freedom seekers on the move created tension within a society dependent on slavery. Site of the northern-most bridge over the Choptank River, Greensboro . . . Map (db m79356) HM
54Maryland, Caroline County, Greensboro — Letter to LincolnChaos on the Eastern Shore
On Main Street (Maryland Route 480) at Bernard Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Main Street.
The war divided communities in Maryland, pitting neighbor against neighbor. During Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North, which ended at Antietam, a Greensboro resident wrote to President Abraham Lincoln for assistance on . . . Map (db m3398) HM
55Maryland, Caroline County, Greensboro — Peter HarringtonRevolutionary Officer, founder of Greensboro
On Md 480 Main Street at Cedar Lane, on the right when traveling south on Md 480 Main Street.
Son of Nathan Harrington and grandson of Peter Rich, early landowners here. He served in 1778 as 2nd Lieutenant, 28th Battalion of Militia, Caroline County. In 1783, he successfully laid out town on tract called Ingram's Desire (efforts to sell lots . . . Map (db m3396) HM
56Maryland, Caroline County, Harmony — “Sailing Away to Freedom”Gilpin Point — Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
On Holly Park Drive.
Gilpin’s Point was one of the busiest wharves along the Choptank River in Caroline County where steamboats and sailing vessels transported people, timber, agricultural products, and seafood. It sat just upriver from Dr. Anthony C. Thompson’s . . . Map (db m79311) HM
57Maryland, Caroline County, Harmony — William Richardson
On Holly Park Drive.
Tomb of William Richardson Patriot Col. of the Flying Camp of the Maryland Line Hero of battles of Long Island and Harlem Heights 1776Map (db m79312) HM
58Maryland, Caroline County, Hillsboro — Frederick DouglassTales of Horror
On Main Street (Alternate Maryland Route 404) 0.4 miles west of Ridgely Road (Maryland Route 480), on the left when traveling west.
The anti-slavery movement was a major factor in the regional contention that led to the Civil War. During the 1840s and 1850s, no individual generated greater support in both America and Europe for that movement than Frederick Douglass. His eloquent . . . Map (db m154338) HM
59Maryland, Caroline County, Hillsboro — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church(St. John’s Parish)
On Church Street at Maple Avenue, on the right on Church Street.
Established 1748 at nearby Tuckahoe Bridge in Queen Anne's County. Congregation built church here in 1768, but it fell into decline as influence of Methodism grew on Eastern Shore. Under guidance of Rev. Robert William Goldsborough, present Gothic . . . Map (db m3393) HM
60Maryland, Caroline County, Jumptown — 35 — Adkins ArboretumSlavery's Arboretum — Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
On Eveland Road.
The forests and waterways of the Eastern Shore, traditional land of the Choptank and Nanticoke Indians, provided the backup for the austere home life, backbreaking labor, and dramatic escapes of enslaved blacks. Hundreds of acres of white . . . Map (db m113807) HM
61Maryland, Caroline County, Marydel — Sapling from 400 Year Old Oak Tree
Near Crown Stone Road (Maryland Route 454) at Fire House Lane.
This sapling from the over 400 year old oak tree (quercus alba) at Wye Mills, MD. Planted April 1976Map (db m168195) HM
62Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — Charles Dickenson
On Auction Road (Maryland Route 621) at Harmony Road (Maryland Route 16), on the right when traveling east on Auction Road.
Born here on Wiltshire Manor in Caroline County in 1780. Moved to Foxley Hall, Easton on 1795. He read law under Judge Marshall. He met Andrew Jackson traveling across the Eastern Shore to the United States Congress. He moved to Nashville Tennessee. . . . Map (db m46119) HM
63Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — Choptank
On Choptank Road at Maryland Ave., on the left when traveling south on Choptank Road.
Before 1679, Indians had a settlement here. Present village stands on parts of tracts once known as Paradise, Belmont, Huntington and Gore. Community was "Leonard's Wharf" c. 1855 and "Medford's Wharf" later. In 1883 Choptank Post Office was . . . Map (db m3375) HM
64Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — Colonel William RichardsonBorn 1735, died 1825
On Harmony Road (Maryland Route 16) at Wilkins Branch Road, on the left when traveling north on Harmony Road.
Member Maryland Assembly 1773–76. Introduced bill forming Caroline County 1774 of which he was one of the Commissioners. Colonel of the “Flying Camp” of the Eastern Shore 1776. Fought at Harlem Heights. First Colonel 5th Maryland . . . Map (db m107815) HM
65Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — Dover Crossing Timeline
On Dover Bridge Road (Maryland Route 331) 0.8 miles west of Carr's Creek Lane, on the right when traveling west.
1760 1760: Talbot County resident Deborah Nichols is licensed to operate a ferry near the lost town of Dover. Women often took over the ferry operator position from their husbands when the men passed away. 1765: . . . Map (db m199288) HM
66Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — Escape from Poplar NeckHarriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
On Water Street.
Harriet Tubman’s parents, Rit and Ben Ross, moved to Poplar Neck in 1847. Her father worked as a lumber foreman on Dr. Anthony C. Thompson’s 2,200 heavily forested acres. Harriet probably made her first escape from this place in 1849, and she . . . Map (db m79173) HM
67Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — 23 — Leverton HouseFinding Safe Haven — Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
On Seaman Road.
Refugees from slavery came here for temporary sanctuary. Under the cover of darkness, they crept across these fields toward the home of Quaker Jacob and Hannah Leverton. The house, a rare, documented Underground Railroad station, still . . . Map (db m79303) HM
68Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — LinchesterCirca 1681
On Maryland Route 331 at Linchester Road, on the right when traveling south on State Route 331.
Since the establishment of Hunting Creek Grist Mill prior to 1681, a mill on this site has served farmers. Known during the Revolutionary War as Murray’s Mill, it supplied provisions to the Continental Army. Linchester also was a Colonial Port of . . . Map (db m3366) HM
69Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — Linchester Mill
On Linchester Road at Maryland Route 331 on Linchester Road.
Linchester Mill borders Hunting Creek, a tributary of the Choptank River flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. This historic site provided a crossing for Native Americans who traveled the Choptank Indian Trail; colonists en route to the first Choptank . . . Map (db m79301) HM
70Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — 24 — Linchester MillLiving Dangerously — Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
On Linchester Road (Route 817) at Main Street (Maryland Route 331), on the left when traveling west on Linchester Road.
Daily life at and around Linchester Mill provided fertile yet dangerous ground for those seeking freedom. The mill, a general store, post office and homes at this site brought whites and blacks, free and enslaved, into regular contact. . . . Map (db m79299) HM
71Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — Mt. Pleasant CemeteryDangerous Rendezvous — Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
On Marsh Creek Road.
After Quakers sold their meetinghouse to the local black community in 1849, the new owners established Mt. Pleasant Methodist Episcopal Church. The original church building has since burned, but the modern day congregation still uses the . . . Map (db m79178) HM
72Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — Mt. Pleasant M. E. Church1864 - 1962
On Marsh Creek Road.
Mt. Pleasant M. E. Church served the communities of Preston, Elwood, Tanyard, Jonestown and Marsh Creek. The church grew spiritually and financially for many years fostering many local preachers. Dedicated leaders of the Sunday School, choir, . . . Map (db m98434) HM
73Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — Preston
On Main Street (Maryland Route 331) at Maple Street, on the right when traveling south on Main Street.
Started 1846 around Frazier's Chapel, an early Methodist Church, the land for which was purchased 1797. First called "Snowhill", the name was changed to Preston 1856, in honor of a prominent Baltimore lawyer. Preston was chartered as a town 1892.Map (db m3365) HM
74Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — Site of Frazier’s ChapelPreston, Maryland, 1785
On Main Street (Maryland Route 331) at Harmony Road (Maryland Route 16), on the left when traveling south on Main Street.
Built by Rev. Freeborn Garrettson and Captain William Frazier. Early Methodist pastors included Jesse Lee, Joseph Everette and Bishops Francis Asbury and John Emory. Remodeled and named Bethesda 1849. Present church built 1875. Rebuilt 1958.Map (db m3362) HM
75Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — The Dover Bridge
On Dover Bridge Road (Maryland Route 331) 0.8 miles west of Carr's Creek Lane, on the right when traveling west.
The Dover Bridge was first built in 1811 at a ferry crossing. Eventual failure of the wooden structure and damage from storm events during the 19th century caused the bridge to be replaced in 1860 and 1898. By 1908, the State Roads Commission . . . Map (db m199290) HM
76Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — The Maryland Lot
On Water Street.
. . . Map (db m79174) HM
77Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — The Underground RailroadSeed of War
On Linchester Road, 0.1 miles north of Maryland Route 331, on the right when traveling south.
Among the factors that contributed to the coming of the Civil War was the increasing animosity between Southerners and Northerners over the issue of slavery. The operation of the Underground Railroad to help slaves escape to the free North and . . . Map (db m5411) HM
78Maryland, Caroline County, Preston — 28 — Webb CabinLiving Free — Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway —
On Grove Road.
Common in the mid-19th century, this cabin is a rare survivor today. James H. and Mary Ann Webb built this one-room house in the 1850s, using materials found in the surrounding landscape. Hand-hewn log walls rest on a foundation of ballast stones . . . Map (db m79305) HM
79Maryland, Caroline County, Ridgely — Ridgely Memorial ParkEarly History — 1919 - 1938 —
On West Belle Street west of Central Avenue (Maryland Route 312), on the right when traveling west.
It was in the teens when an select group of ladies formed a Community Club in Ridgely. Their goal was to improve the town's appearance. The bulk of the members consisted of the "wives of local merchants, cannery owners, and farmers." . . . Map (db m205477) HM
80Maryland, Caroline County, Ridgely — Ridgely Railroad Station
On West Belle Street at North Maryland Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West Belle Street.
1867 - 1887 The railroad was completed to Ridgely in 1867. At that time there were two houses in the place — the Vernon property and the Ridgely Hotel. One of the factors getting the railroad to come. Mr. Thomas Bell had to give an area of . . . Map (db m205474) HM
81Maryland, Caroline County, Ridgely — Ridgely, MD 1888 - 1917A Period of Broad Growth
On West Belle Road at Cow Barn Road, on the left when traveling west on West Belle Road.
In 1896, Ridgely emerged from a village into the dignity of a town. It was incorporated as such with the following first town commissioners: Mr. Sylvester Smith; Mr. T.W. Jones, Dr. F.P. Herr; Mr. T.L. Day; and Mr. J.T. Saulsbury. The entire . . . Map (db m205470) HM
82Maryland, Caroline County, Ridgely — Saulsbury House - Fifer Hospital - Ridgely House1934 - 1943 — "The only such institution Caroline County has ever possessed" —
On Central Avenue (Maryland Route 312) at East Belle Street, on the right when traveling south on Central Avenue.
The Railroad was completed to Ridgely in 1867. The Saulsbury home was one of the earliest residences in Ridgely. Erected in 1867 by James K. Saulsbury, the building combined a large store where a widely known general merchandise business was . . . Map (db m205482) HM
83Maryland, Caroline County, Ridgely — The Drinking FountainErected by the Forget-Me-Not Band of Mercy, 1915
On West Belle Street west of Central Avenue (Maryland Route 312), on the right when traveling west.
A century ago, before the widespread use of gasoline-powered trucks, hundreds of horses and mules pulled heavy wagons loaded with farm products to Ridgely, a major agricultural center for the processing and shipping of fruits, vegetables, grains . . . Map (db m205481) HM
84Maryland, Caroline County, Ridgely — Town of Ridgely Flag
On Central Avenue (Maryland Route 312) just south of East Railroad Street, on the left when traveling south.
The Ridgely Flag was designed by Yolanda Mayers in honor of the town's Sesquicentennial Celebration. The flag incorporates elements of Ridgely history. The town colors are a perfect backdrop for the "Dream City" banner and train number 513 in . . . Map (db m205483) HM
85Maryland, Caroline County, Ridgely — Wood Ducks
Near Eveland Road, 0.2 miles north of Sawmill Road, on the right when traveling south.
The Wood Duck, Aix sponsa, is arguably one of North America's most colorful waterfowl. Although rarely seen due to their reclusive habits, they are relatively abundant along the Atlantic Flyway. Natural History Wood ducks form . . . Map (db m205466) HM
 
 
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Feb. 4, 2023