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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Talbot County, Maryland

 
Clickable Map of Talbot 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 Talbot County, MD (130) Anne Arundel County, MD (440) Calvert County, MD (153) Caroline County, MD (85) Dorchester County, MD (148) Queen Anne s County, MD (100)  TalbotCounty(130) Talbot County (130)  AnneArundelCounty(440) Anne Arundel County (440)  CalvertCounty(153) Calvert County (153)  CarolineCounty(85) Caroline County (85)  DorchesterCounty(148) Dorchester County (148)  QueenAnne'sCounty(100) Queen Anne's County (100)
Easton is the county seat for Talbot County
Adjacent to Talbot County, Maryland
      Anne Arundel County (440)  
      Calvert County (153)  
      Caroline County (85)  
      Dorchester County (148)  
      Queen Anne's County (100)  
 
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1Maryland (Talbot County), Claiborne — Matthew Tilghman1718–1790
On Rich Neck Road, 0.3 miles Maryland Route 451, on the left when traveling north.
Here lived the planter and patriot called “Father of the Revolution in Maryland” Speaker, Maryland Assembly, 1773–1774, President, Maryland Conventions and Chairman of Council of Safety, 1774–1776. Having headed each . . . Map (db m3176) HM
2Maryland (Talbot County), Cordova — A Champion for Equality
On Maryland Route 303, on the left when traveling south.
Empowered by a hunger for learning and a thirst for liberty, Frederick Douglass fled from slavery as a young adult in Baltimore and dedicated his life to ending the injustices of oppression. His work impacted the world, and the fire of his . . . Map (db m155652) HM
3Maryland (Talbot County), Cordova — Forging Freedom from Places of Bondage
Near Maryland Route 303, on the left when traveling south.
At age six, Frederick Bailey was forced to leave the Tuckahoe and enter terrifying plantation life under his master's roof in Miles River Neck. He witnessed brutal and routine violence against enslaved people. Later, in Baltimore, he gleaned . . . Map (db m155649) HM
4Maryland (Talbot County), Cordova — Honoring an American Hero
Near Maryland Route 303, on the left when traveling south.
Frederick Douglass's self-determination and resolve to be free demonstrated to others how to rise above oppression. His leadership, inclusive vision, and brilliant words continue to inspire us. As America continues to face up to its past, Douglass's . . . Map (db m155654) HM
5Maryland (Talbot County), Cordova — St. Joseph’s Church
On Queen Anne's Highway (Maryland Route 404) at Church Lane, on the right when traveling east on Queen Anne's Highway.
Originally a mission of Old Bohemia founded March 18, 1765, by Father Joseph Mosley, S.J. Oldest section built 1782, additions made 1848 and 1903. Father Mosley [is] one of three priests interred under Chapel. Since 1868, except during wars, . . . Map (db m168141) HM
6Maryland (Talbot County), Cordova — The Beloved Tuckahoe Home of Frederick Douglass
Near Maryland Route 303 when traveling south.
Frederick Douglass reclled detailed memories of his early life on the banks of the Tuckahoe. Born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey in 1818, he lived near this spot with his grandparents, Betsey and Isaac Bailey, and numerous cousins in a humble . . . Map (db m155647) HM
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7Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — “Canterbury Mannor”1000 Acres.
On Baileys Neck Road, 1 mile west of Maryland Route 333, on the left when traveling west.
Laid out for Richard Tilghman Chirurgeon as “Mannor of Tilghman’s Fortune” 20th July 1659. Sold by him to Richard Preston 3rd Sept., 1665, as the “Mannor of Canterbury” “together with all royaltys and privileedges most . . . Map (db m154340) HM
8Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — Archaeology at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
On South Hanson Street just north of Talbot Street, on the right when traveling north.
Many early African American churches began as spiritual groups and developed into mutual aid societies that provided economic and educational resources to those in need. After building houses of worship, the congregations grew into vital . . . Map (db m138292) HM
9Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — Betty’s Cove Meetinghouse
On St. Michaels Road (Maryland Route 33) at Unionville Road (Maryland Route 370), on the right when traveling west on St. Michaels Road.
Near this spot, about 1665, Quaker settlers built the Betty’s Cove Meetinghouse, at this intersection, known as “The Pincushion,” they established a school, adding one of the first public libraries in America in 1676, George Fox, founder . . . Map (db m3167) HM
10Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — Birthplace of Tench Francis, Jr.(1731-1800)
On N. Washington Street north of Dover Street, on the left when traveling north.
Nearby is the site of "Fausley", the birthplace of Tench Francis, Jr, colonial businessman, revolutionary patriot, financier and father of the United States Navy Supply Corps. A successful merchant in the last decades before independence, Tench . . . Map (db m3299) HM
11Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — Bracing for an AttackStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812 —
On Port Street.
Easton expected to be a British target during the War of 1812. A two-story brick armory in the center of town housed cannon, small arms, and military stores to serve all of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Fort Stoakes, an earthworks built to . . . Map (db m154341) HM
12Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — Easton's Fire Bell1823 - 1923
On South Harrison Street just south of East Dover Street, on the right when traveling south.
Hung in the court house, the bell sounded the alarm for 100 years. In the late 1800's the bell was moved to this building which served as the Easton Fire House until 1933. It is believed to be Easton's oldest bellMap (db m138296) HM
13Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — Fausley
On Villa Road at Goldsborough Neck Road, on the left on Villa Road.
Birthplace of Lieutenant Colonel Tench Tilghman, Christmas day 1744. Aide-de-Camp to General George Washington, 1776–1783, and a participant in every major campaign of the main army in the American Revolution. He was entrusted to carry the . . . Map (db m3168) HM
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14Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — Frederick Douglass1817 - 1895 — Negro Patriot —
On Easton Denton Road (Maryland Route 328), on the left when traveling north.
Attained freedom and devoted his life and talents to the abolition of slavery and the cause of universal suffrage. Visited England in 1845 and in 1859. Won many prominent friends abroad and at home. Was U. S. Marshall for the District of Columbia . . . Map (db m87682) HM
15Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — Frederick Douglass1818 - 1895
Near North Washington Street (Maryland Route 565) just south of Bay Street, on the right when traveling south.
"In a composite nation like ours, as before the law, there should be no rich, no poor, no high, no low, no white, no black, but common country, common citizenship, equal rights and a common destiny." United States Marshal · . . . Map (db m138295) HM
16Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — Peachblossom Meetinghouse
On U.S. 50, 0.2 miles south of Maryland Route 322, on the right when traveling north.
Built 1880, by people of Swedenberg, Lutheran, Methodist and Brethren Faiths near Peachblossom Creek and used by each denomination every fourth Sunday. The building originally known as Peachblossom Meetinghouse, was so named because the first peach . . . Map (db m3325) HM
17Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — Site of “The Rest”
On Maryland Route 370 at Rest Road, on the left when traveling north on State Route 370.
“The Rest” was the home of Admiral Franklin Buchanan, 1800–1874, first Superintendent of the Naval Academy, 1845, Commander of the Washington Navy Yard, 1861, Commander of the Confederate iron-clads Virginia, 1862, and Tennessee, . . . Map (db m3180) HM
18Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — Talbot County Courthouse
Near N. Washington Street, on the left.
This tablet commemorates the additions and alterations in 1958 to the Talbot County Courthouse originally built in 1794.Map (db m3304) HM
19Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — The “Mannour of Ratcliffe”
On Maryland Route 33 at Ratcliff Manor Road, on the right when traveling west on State Route 33.
800 acres patented January 17, 1659 to Robert Morris of London, mariner, “together with a Court Baron and all things thereunto belonging by the laws and customs of England.” One of the earliest grants on the Eastern Shore.Map (db m3181) HM
20Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — The Bullitt House
On East Dover Street just east of South Harrison Street, on the right when traveling east.
Construction in 1801 as the personal residences and law office of Thomas J. Bullitt, this historic property was gifted to the citizens of the Mid-Shore on December 20, 2002, by Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas F. Brady, Mr. and Mrs. A. James Clark, and . . . Map (db m138293) HM
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21Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — The Gardens
On Glenwood Avenue just west of South Washington Street (Maryland Route 565), on the right when traveling west.
Designed by Kathleen Cowgill South Terrace 1960 - North Terrace 1962 Nettie Jones Garden 1964 Developed and supported by Talbot County Garden Club under the guardianship of Doris Rend 1968 Special Civic . . . Map (db m199292) HM
22Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — The Talbot ResolvesMay 24, 1774
On N. Washington Street north of Dover Street, on the left when traveling north.
Two years before the Declaration of Independence, the citizens of Talbot County met on this site to protest Great Britain's closing of the Port of Boston, and resolved "to act as friends to liberty and the general interest of mankind."Map (db m3298) HM
23Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — Third HavenMeeting House of the Society of Friends — 1682 - 1684 —
On South Washington Street (Maryland Route 565) south of West Earle Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
One of the oldest frame houses of worship in the United States. In continuous use since it was built.Map (db m3306) HM
24Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — To the Talbot Boys
On N. Washington Street north of Dover Street, on the left when traveling north. Reported permanently removed.
1861 - 1865 C. S. A. Names of Confederate SoldiersMap (db m197526) WM
25Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — Vietnam War
On N. Washington Street at Dover Street, on the left when traveling south on N. Washington Street.
1960 1973 In Memory Of W.O Robert W. Cook USA S. Sgt. Edward F. Ayers USA S. Sgt. Thomas N. Blades USA Sp. 4 Joseph M. Eason USA 1st. Lt. Lawrence R. Bullen . . . Map (db m4958) WM
26Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — 117 — Votes for WomenRoad to the 19th Amendment — National Votes for Women Trail —
On South Washington Street (Maryland Route 565) at Glenwood Avenue, on the right when traveling north on South Washington Street.
Home of Mary Jankins, woman suffrage leader. Along with Mary B. Dixon, organized local suffrage efforts 1909 - 1916.Map (db m199294) HM
27Maryland (Talbot County), Easton — William Penn
On Easton Parkway (Maryland Route 322) 0.1 miles south of Bay Street (Maryland Route 33), on the right when traveling north.
In December 1682 attended a General Meeting of "Friends" on the Choptank River after a visit to Lord Baltimore at Col. Thomas Tailler's in Ann Arundel Co. "Philemon Lloyd with some horsemen waited on Penn" by order of Lord Baltimore.Map (db m138297) HM
28Maryland (Talbot County), Longwoods — Little Red Schoolhouse
On Longwoods Road (Maryland Route 662) 1.2 miles south of Ocean Gateway (U.S. 50).
The only one-room schoolhouse remaining in Talbot County is a half-mile southwest at Longwoods. Erected ca. 1885. The Talbot County Commissioners restored it in 1969 as a museum showing the development of education in this area.Map (db m3731) HM
29Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — 1668-1710: Oxford's BeginningsThe Oxford Museum — A Special Place; A Special Heritage —
Near South Morris Street at Market Street, on the right when traveling north.
1668 A parcel of land, including the area that will become Oxford, is traded from Edward Lloyd to William Stephens, Jr., a Quaker from Dorchester County. 1670 The name "Oxford" first appears on a map of Maryland and Virginia . . . Map (db m204977) HM
30Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — 1738-1793: Boom and BustThe Oxford Museum — A Special Place; A Special Heritage —
Near South Morris Street (Maryland Route 333) at Market Street, on the right when traveling north.
1738 Robert Morris Sr. arrives in Oxford from Liverpool. As manager or "chief factor" for trading company Foster Cunliffe & Sons, he supervises the trade in tobacco, pork, hides and lumber, and leads Oxford's first great economic boom. . . . Map (db m204964) HM
31Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — 1812-1865: RebuildingThe Oxford Museum — A Special Place; A Special Heritage —
Near South Morris Street (Maryland Route 333) at Market Street, on the right when traveling north.
1812-15 War rages between the US and Britain, partly over the impacts of British restrictions on US maritime trade. British troops occupy Tilghman's, Poplar and Sharp's Islands. 1814 British troops burn Washington and bomb Fort . . . Map (db m204972) HM
32Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — 1870-1900: Oxford Booms AgainThe Oxford Museum — A Special Place; A Special Heritage —
Near South Morris Street (Maryland Route 333) at Market Street, on the right when traveling north.
1870 The Oxford census lists 277 inhabitants. 1871 General Tench Tilghman brings regular Maryland and Delaware Railroad service to Oxford, with its terminal at Pier Street. 3,000 people celebrate the first arriving train. . . . Map (db m204988) HM
33Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — 1900-1950: Holding OnThe Oxford Museum — A Special Place; A Special Heritage —
Near South Morris Street at Market Street, on the right when traveling north.
1900 Oxford's population is 1243. The oyster boom ends due to overfishing, pollution, and lack of regulation. 1904 Downtown Baltimore is destroyed by fire. 1910 Red Man's Hall is built on Morris Street as social . . . Map (db m204989) HM
34Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — 1952-Present: Oxford Rises AgainThe Oxford Museum — A Special Place; A Special Heritage —
Near South Morris Street at Market Street, on the right when traveling north.
1952 The 4.3-mile-long William P. Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge (Chesapeake Bay Bridge) opens, replacing ferries and vastly improving connections to the Eastern Shore. 1954 The Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education . . . Map (db m204990) HM
35Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — Before There Was an OxfordThe Oxford Museum — A Special Place; A Special Heritage —
Near South Morris Street at Market Street, on the right when traveling north.
15,000 BC The global climate warms and the ice sheets melt. The Atlantic Ocean rises almost 400 feet, flooding the Susquehanna River valley and forming the early Chesapeake Bay. 11,500 BC Nomadic Paleo-Indian people follow . . . Map (db m204974) HM
36Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — In Memory of Col. Tench Tilghman
Near Maryland Route 333 at Oxford Cemetery Road.
Who died April 15th 1786 in the 42d year of his age. Very much lamented. He took an early and active part in the great contest that secured the independence of the United States of America. He was an Aide-de-Camp to His Excellency General . . . Map (db m3172) HM
37Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — Liberty Tree Memorial
On Ferry Crossing Slip Road (Maryland Route 333) at Strand, on the right when traveling north on Ferry Crossing Slip Road.
This American Liberty Elm was named after "The Liberty Tree: Our Country's first Symbol of Freedom." On the morning of August 14, 1765, the people of Boston awakened to discover two effigies suspended from an elm tree in protest of the hated Stamp . . . Map (db m204991) HM
38Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — Miniature Skipjack, Yankee Pedler
On Oxford Road (Maryland Route 333) east of 2nd Street, on the right when traveling east.
A fairly simple and inexpensive boat to build, the skipjack became a popular workboat in the 1890s. Built in 1967, this miniature version of a skipjack was a sturdy, swift daysailer particularly suitable for Chesapeake waters. . . . Map (db m204993) HM
39Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — Old Wintersell Schoolhouse
On Oxford Road (Maryland Route 333) just west of Wintersell Road, on the left when traveling west.
Reconstruction of a Colonial Tidewater Cottage erected on this site ca. 1840. The original, a residence until 2016, was moved in 2020 to Royal Oak, MD.Map (db m204962) HM
40Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — Oxford
On Maryland Route 333 at S. Morris Street, on the left when traveling west on State Route 333.
One of the first towns and ports authorized by Assembly in 1683. Called “William-Stade” in 1695. Robert Morris, father of the financier of the Revolution lived here until his death in 1750. He is buried at Old Whitmarsh Church.Map (db m3171) HM
41Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — Oxford - Bellevue FerryNovember 1683
On Maryland Route 333 at Strand Road, on the left on State Route 333.
Believed to be nation’s oldest privately operated ferry service. Ferry has plied across Tred Avon River since Talbot County Court “pitcht upon Mr. Richard Royston to Keepe a Ferry” November 20, 1683, service has been continuous since . . . Map (db m3170) HM
42Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — Oxford WharfRecruiting United States Colored Troops
On East Strand at North Morris Street (County Route 333), on the left when traveling east on East Strand.
The Emancipation Proclamation, issued January 1, 1863, authorized the recruiting of African Americans as United States soldiers. Blacks on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware sought freedom for themselves and their families in return their . . . Map (db m34451) HM
43Maryland (Talbot County), Oxford — The Robert Morris InnCirca 1710
On North Morris Street (Maryland Route 333) at East Strand Road, on the right on North Morris Street.
Robert Morris, Sr. and Robert Morris, Jr., a Revolutionary War financier, lived in the original section. The building served as town hall, convalscent home for World War I veterans and general store. Since the late 1940’s it has been operated as an . . . Map (db m3169) HM
44Maryland (Talbot County), Sherwood — British OccupationStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812 —
On Tilghman Island Road.
The British overtook Tilghman and Poplar islands in the spring of 1813 and again in October 1814. The islands offered ready-access to Annapolis, Baltimore, and other potential targets. A regiment of a thousand men began building winter barracks on . . . Map (db m80685) HM
45Maryland (Talbot County), Sherwood — Chesapeake Bay Skipjack Fleet
On Tilghman Island Road (Maryland Route 33) at Camper Circle, on the right when traveling south on Tilghman Island Road.
North America’s last sail-powered commercial vessels, skipjacks were developed nthe Chesapeake Bay Region around 1890 to dredge oysters from the bottom of the bay. A boom in the oyster industry began after the Civil War, as innovations in packing . . . Map (db m34256) HM
46Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — DelawareRiver Tug — Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum —
On Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
Large sailing vessels carrying cargoes of lumber, wheat, fertilizer, and coal, were common on the Chesapeake Bay until the 1930s. With its narrow, winding rivers and shallow harbors, many of the Bay's waterways were difficult to maneuver. Tugs . . . Map (db m138375) HM
47Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Freedom's FigureheadChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
On Cherry Street just west of Burns Street, on the right when traveling west.
Where did such a big figurehead come from? A big ship? In this case, it was made for a relatively small vessel—the 88-foot schooner yacht, Freedom. Yacht designer John G. Alden never intended for Freedom to have a figurehead when . . . Map (db m138308) HM
48Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Freedom's Figurehead
Near Cherry Street. Reported permanently removed.
Where did such a big figurehead come from? A big ship? In this case, it was made for a relatively small vessel -- the 88-foot schooner yacht Freedom. But yacht designer John G. Alden never intended Freedom to have a figurehead when . . . Map (db m158596) HM
49Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Katie G., Deadrise WorkboatChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Near Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east.
This small power skiff was made for pleasure fishing and crabbing. Although Katie G. was built with an engine, she has the shape of a sailboat. This is apparent in her "tuck stern," where the back of the boat rises out of the water. Later . . . Map (db m138359) HM
50Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — MarthaHoopers Island Dovetail — Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum —
Near Mill Street just east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east.
Dovetail boats were built in the early 1900s with gasoline engines and a special stern that looked like a motor racer. Martha was built in 1934 for $350 and was probably used for oyster tonging and trotlining for crabs. She was named after . . . Map (db m138357) HM
51Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Merry WidowPoquoson Log Canoe
On Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east.
Log canoes built in the Poquoson, Virginia style were rigged as sloops, with a jib carried on a short bowsprit. Built for oyster tonging by Captain Will Knott, Merry Widow was named for a popular musical of her day. Later, she was . . . Map (db m138368) HM
52Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Old PointCrab Dredger — Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum —
Near Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east.
Old Point was one of a fleet of crab dredging boats that operated out of Hampton, Virginia, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay from the 1910s through the 1960s. From December through March, captains and crews lived on their boats so they . . . Map (db m138358) HM
53Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Spat, Miniature SkipjackChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Near Mill Street just east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
A fairly simple and inexpensive boat to build, the skipjack became a popular workboat in the 1890s. Built in 1969, this miniature skipjack was a sturdy daysailer particularly suited for Chesapeake Bay waters. Formula for designing a . . . Map (db m138323) HM
54Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Thor, PilothouseChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Near Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east.
Most pilothouses had two sections. The forward part housed navigational equipment and served as the steering station, while the after part was for the crew who sometimes worked aboard these boats for many weeks at a time. The after section is where . . . Map (db m138369) HM
55Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Winnie EstelleBuyboat — Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum —
On Mill Street east of Burns Street.
Built in 1920 by Noah T. Evans, a native Smith Islander, Winnie Estelle was named for his two daughters. Evans was an occasional boatbuilder; his principal occupation was operating buyboats—buying fish and oysters directly from . . . Map (db m138370) HM
56Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — A Mighty PullChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Near Mill Street just east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
Handling heavy hawsers was hard, dangerous work on tugboats, but it became a little easier with power capstans. This capstan used steam from the same boilers that powered the steam tug America's 450-horsepower engine. America . . . Map (db m158604) HM
57Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Bugeye Design
Near Mill Street just east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
Like the smaller brogans before them, bugeyes were essentially enlarged log canoes with two raked masts. Chunked from multiple pine logs, their hulls were then planked over, creating shallow vessels with wide decks. Bugeyes were generally . . . Map (db m138316) HM
58Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Bugeyes and Oystering
Near Mill Street just east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
In the 1800s, the once-slow harvest of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay exploded. New technology like railroads and food preservation allowed oysters to reach new markets. To meet the growing national demand for this cold-weather fishery, larger . . . Map (db m138320) HM
59Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Bushwack Boat
On Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east.
Bushwack boats were originally used for gill netting shad on the Susquehanna Flats at the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay. Waterfowlers adapted them for use with decoys while hunting ducks. The crouching hunters were hidden from view by a canvas . . . Map (db m138365) HM
60Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Captain John Smith's Shallopand America's First National Water Trail
Near Cherry Street just west of Burns Street, on the left when traveling west. Reported permanently removed.
This modest open boat is a replica of one of the most important vessels in American History. In the summer of 1608, a small boat or "Shallop" similar to this was used by Captain John Smith to make the first detailed European exploration of the . . . Map (db m61332) HM
61Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Chesapeake Bay Small Craft
On Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east.
Watermen used a wide variety of small boats around the Chesapeake Bay for fishing, oystering, and crabbing. Some of their boats were brought from other places along the East Coast, but most were locally built, with designs that suited to available . . . Map (db m138362) HM
62Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Deflecting the EnemyStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Near Cherry Street.
Local lore hails St. Michaels for "fooling the British" during the War of 1812 by using lanterns to misdirect gunfire high above the town. It is certain that this shipbuilding village successfully fended off two enemy assaults in 1813. On . . . Map (db m158610) HM
63Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Edna E. Lockwood
Near Mill Street just east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
Edna E. Lockwood, built in 1889 by John B. Harrison on Tilghman Island, is the last example of an oystering vessel known as a bugeye. Constructed during the heyday of the Chesapeake oyster industry, bugeyes were sailboats designed to pull . . . Map (db m138319) HM
64Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Fishing Shanty / Ark
Near Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east.
Arks were floating cabins used by watermen as living quarters while they fished for shad and herring on the Chesapeake Bay, far away from home. As the fish made their spring run up the Bay, the watermen would follow, towing the arks behind their . . . Map (db m138361) HM
65Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — For Whom the Bell TollsChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
On Mill Street east of Burns Street.
Keeper Ulman Owens met an untimely end at the Holland Island Bar Lighthouse in 1931. The official report ruled that he died by natural causes, but his bruised body and a nearby knife made some suspect foul play. We can't be sure this 1,000-pound . . . Map (db m138380) HM
66Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Frederick Douglass
On Talbot Street (Maryland Route 33) at Mill Street, on the right when traveling north on Talbot Street.
Born on Tuckahoe Creek, Talbot County; lived as a slave in St. Michaels area, 1833-1836. Taught self to read and write, conducted clandestine schools for blacks here. Escaped north, became noted abolitionist orator and editor. Returned 1877, as U.S. . . . Map (db m3732) HM
67Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — From Shipwrecked Puppies to Iron DogsChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
On Mill Street just east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
While sailing home from England in 1807, George Law, a member of a prominent Maryland family, rescued Newfoundland puppies from sinking British ship and brought them home to the Chesapeake Bay. The puppies—named Sailor and Canton (the name of . . . Map (db m138325) HM
68Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Grave of General Perry Benson (1757-1827)
On Station Road, 0.3 miles south of Maryland Route 33, on the right when traveling north. Reported missing.
A leader in his home community and State. In the Revolutionary War he served as a captain, and was wounded twice. In the War of 1812, he commanded the militia in Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester Counties.Map (db m61387) HM
69Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Heard Through the FogChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
On Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
The U.S. Lighthouse Establishment built two cottage-style lighthouses in 1892—one in Chesapeake Bay waters at Maryland Point on the Potomac River and one in Sharkfin Shoal on Tangier Sound. Each of these was equipped with not only a lighted . . . Map (db m138377) HM
70Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Hooper Straight Light's TwinChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
On Mill Street just east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
After the first lighthouse at Janes Island near Crisfield was destroyed by ice in January 1879, a second screwpile lighthouse identical to the one at Hooper Strait (now located on Museum ground) replaced it. Ice struck the Janes Island Light again . . . Map (db m138379) HM
71Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Hooper Strait LighthouseChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
On Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east. Reported damaged.
This lighthouse was originally located forty miles south of here –in Hopper Strait—where its light marked the location of one of the Chesapeake Bay’s many hidden sand bars. Because the Bay is mostly shallow, sailing a boat from the . . . Map (db m61486) HM
72Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — How the Screwpile Lighthouse Got Its Name
On Mill Street.
A screw like this one was at the bottom of each of the seven pilings (legs) of this lighthouse—allowing the leg to be screwed down into the soft Bay bottom. It would have been much easier to simply drive the leg straight down into the mud, but . . . Map (db m61491) HM
73Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Iconic Chesapeake LightChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
On Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
The hexagonal screwpile cottage-style light station off Thomas Point was lit in 1875, replacing an earlier tower on the shore. In 1914, the US Lighthouse Service noted that Thomas Point Shoal's fog bell sounded a triple stroke every 30 seconds using . . . Map (db m138373) HM
74Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Kennedy M. Fitzgerald(1987-2007)
Near Mill Street just east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east.
Kennedy was a child of the Eastern Shore who touched many lives with his vibrant spirit and his love for the Chesapeake Bay. Growing up as a swimmer, boater, fisherman, and hunter, he was an Eagle Scout who worked summer jobs that would take . . . Map (db m138360) HM
75Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Last Bell FoundryChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
On Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
Henry McShane started his Baltimore foundry in 1856, and by the late 1800s McShane Bell Foundry employed 90 people and produced tens of thousands of bells and chimes for churches, firehouses, public buildings and fog-alarm bells for lighthouses, . . . Map (db m138374) HM
76Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Lewis Tarr HouseBuilt in 1843
On Saint Michaels Road just south of Mulberry Street, on the right when traveling south.
Home of the Chesapeake Log CanoesMap (db m138300) HM
77Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Lost OverboardChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Near Mill Street just east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
Hundreds of armed schooners sailed from Baltimore during the War of 1812, carrying cannons like this to defend themselves or to capture a poorly defended British merchantman. Baltimore was such a hub of privateering trade that it attracted a . . . Map (db m158641) HM
78Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Maritime Legend #21663"The Tow Rope"
Near Mulberry Street.
Hand tonged in the Miles River in 1939 by local seafaring legend Frankie Alberto Morgan Wilkenship, this rope dates back to 1813. It was used during the British Invasion of St. Michaels. Maritime forensic experts claim the line "a true nautical . . . Map (db m62851) HM
79Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Maryland National Bank Building
On South Talbot Street (Maryland Route 33) just north of Mulberry Street, on the right when traveling north.
The original portion of this building was constructed as a residence in 1806 and was remodeled for Maryland National Bank St. Michaels Office in 1963.Map (db m138301) HM
80Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Miniature Skipjack, SpatChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Reported permanently removed.
A fairly simple and inexpensive boat to build, the skipjack became a popular workboat in the 1890s. Built in 1969, this miniature version of a skipjack was a sturdy, swift daysailer particularly suitable for Chesapeake Bay waters. Length: . . . Map (db m61496) HM
81Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Navy Point Historic Houses
Near Cherry Street. Reported permanently removed.
Eagle, Dodson and Higgins Houses have looked out over the St. Michaels waterfront for well over a hundred years now. When they were first built, the town's harbor would have been full of work boats, everything from oyster tonging skiffs and canoes . . . Map (db m61335) HM
82Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Navy Point Historic HousesChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
On Cherry Street just east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
Higgins, Dodson, and Eagle houses have looked out over the St. Michaels waterfront for well over a century. When they were built, the harbor was full of workboats, from oyster tonging skiffs and canoes to large commercial sailing vessels. Between . . . Map (db m138307) HM
83Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Oystering on the Chesapeake
On Burns Street.
The Chesapeake Bay is the greatest oyster factory on earth. Along its length, fresh water from the mid Atlantic states combines with salt water from the sea in just the right proportions (and at just the right depths and temperatures) to create the . . . Map (db m61480) HM
84Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Point Lookout Fog Bell TowerChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
On Mill Street. Reported permanently removed.
When fog hides a lighthouse’s beacon, sailors need an audible signal to guide them. So a fog tower containing a bell was frequently built alongside a lighthouse. Large bells, such as the 1100 pound bell in this tower, were used because their sound . . . Map (db m61483) HM
85Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Point Lookout Fog Bell Tower
On Mill Street just east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
When fog hides a lighthouse's beacon, sailors need an audible signal to guide them. So a fog tower containing a bell was frequently built alongside a lighthouse. Large bells, such as the 1,100 pound bell in this tower were used because their sound . . . Map (db m138371) HM
86Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Pot Pie SkiffChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Near Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east.
Waterman Lock Brando used this little skiff to catch crabs with a trotline, and perhaps to tong for a few oysters. The boat is steered by a simple mechanism with a stick on the starboard or right side, connected by ropes to the rudder in the stern. . . . Map (db m138353) HM
87Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Rebuilding Rosie Parks
On Mill Street.
Museum craftsmen are restoring this historic skipjack, which was built in 1955 to dredge oysters from the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay. Why is this skipjack important? The celebrated Dorchester County boatbuilder Bronza Parks built Rosie Parks . . . Map (db m61527) HM
88Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Restoration
Near Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
In 1975, Edna E. Lockwood was stripped to her log hull and restored from the waterline up. Now, those nine 127-year-old logs are finally in need of repair. Edna is currently undergoing a major restoration to replace her falling logs . . . Map (db m138318) HM
89Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Second Defense of St. Michaels
On Maryland Route 33, 0.8 miles east of Maryland Route 579, on the right when traveling west.
Here, August 26, 1813, General Perry Benson, with 600 militia, most of them from Talbot County, halted a British force of 1,800. The Easton artillery manned the road, the 4th and 26th infantry the woods, and the 9th cavalry the wings.Map (db m3177) HM
90Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — ShallopReplica — Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum —
On Mill Street just west of Burns Street, on the left when traveling west.
In the summer of 1608, a small boat or a "shallop" like this was used by Captain John Smith to make the first detailed European exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. In the decades that followed, the knowledge gained from Smith's voyages played a key . . . Map (db m138304) HM
91Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Sharptown Barge
On Mill Street just east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east.
Sharptown barges developed on the Nanticoke River to fish for shad. Shad runs were a staple of Chesapeake springs on the 18th and 19th centuries, and their importance to the colonial Chesapeake economy earned them the nickname "The Founding Fish." . . . Map (db m138367) HM
92Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Skipjack CenterboardChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
On Mill Street east of Burns Street.
This centerboard was the retractable keel for the skipjack Martha Lewis, a near sister to Rosie Parks, which can be found afloat along the Museum waterfront.Map (db m138382) HM
93Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Smith Island Crabbing Skiff
On Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east.
Smith Island watermen used boats like this to sail to their crabbing grounds, where they caught soft crabs with a dip net. Although engine-powered boats appeared in the area around 1907, sailing skiffs such as this continued to be used in the . . . Map (db m158639) HM
94Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — St. Michaels
On South Talbot Street (Maryland Route 33) just east of Seymour Avenue, on the right when traveling west.
This town was attacked by a British force during the night of August 10, 1813, but they were driven back to their boats at sunrise. A gun used in its defense is mounted in the town square.Map (db m61386) HM
95Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — St. Michaels Packing Company Warehouse
On Mill Street east of Burns Street, on the left when traveling east.
When the St. Michaels Packing Company constructed this building in 1933, the Great Depression was at its height. To economize, the company bought a freight terminal in nearby Claiborne, Maryland from Baltimore, Chesapeake & Atlantic Railway Company, . . . Map (db m138363) HM
96Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — The Miles River
On Mill Street.
In front of you, the Miles River is carrying freshwater down to the Chesapeake Bay. Twice a day, saltwater tides from the Atlantic Ocean push back the fresh water flow of the Miles River and some 150 other rivers, creeks, and streams. This mixing of . . . Map (db m61529) HM
97Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — This Cannon
On St. Mary's Square, on the left when traveling north.
This Cannon was used against the British in Defence of St. Michaels, MD -- August 10, 1813 and mounted here August 11, 1913 by the following Centennial Commission. Thomas H. Sewell, Charles H Fogg, Richard S. Dodson, John T. Mansfield, O. . . . Map (db m61337) HM
98Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Tolchester BandstandChesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
On Mill Street. Reported permanently removed.
On this Victorian bandstand, musicians played for holiday visitors at Tolchester Beach, in Kent County. In the mid 1800s people from Baltimore and other Mid-Atlantic cities traveled to Tolchester Beach and other Eastern Shore destinations on . . . Map (db m158582) HM
99Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Tolchester Beach Bandstand
On Mill Street near Burns Street, on the right when traveling east.
From 1880 until 1962, musicians entertained summer visitors from this bandstand at Tolchester Beach, a resort town and amusement park in Kent County, Maryland. Constructed to attract daytrippers traveling by steamboat from Baltimore and . . . Map (db m158583) HM
100Maryland (Talbot County), St. Michaels — Too Much of a Good Thing
On Mill Street.
Chesapeake waterman used all these tools to harvest oysters. This hardware tells a story of human ingenuity and greed. Hand tongs, in use since the early 1700s, extended human reach to oysters too deep to gather by hand. A hundred years later, . . . Map (db m61493) HM

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