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Historical Markers in Coltons Point, Maryland

 
Clickable Map of St. Mary's 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 St. Mary s County, MD (314) Calvert County, MD (153) Charles County, MD (149) Dorchester County, MD (148) Somerset County, MD (37) Northumberland County, VA (43) Westmoreland County, VA (103)  St.Mary'sCounty(314) St. Mary's County (314)  CalvertCounty(153) Calvert County (153)  CharlesCounty(149) Charles County (149)  DorchesterCounty(148) Dorchester County (148)  SomersetCounty(37) Somerset County (37)  NorthumberlandCountyVirginia(43) Northumberland County (43)  WestmorelandCounty(103) Westmoreland County (103)
Leonardtown is the county seat for St. Mary's County
Coltons Point is in St. Mary's County
      St. Mary's County (314)  
ADJACENT TO ST. MARY'S COUNTY
      Calvert County (153)  
      Charles County (149)  
      Dorchester County (148)  
      Somerset County (37)  
      Northumberland County, Virginia (43)  
      Westmoreland County, Virginia (103)  
 
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1Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — "…one of the pleasantest summer resorts on the Potomac"
Tourism thrived on the island after Dr. Joseph McWilliams built a steamboat wharf in 1868. Dr. McWilliams enlarged his home to make room for a growing number of summer visitors from Baltimore and Washington. he also added cottages, a dining hall, . . . Map (db m24198) HM
2Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — "With a laudable and pious zeal for the propagation of the Christian faith"
A Catholic Mass, the first in English America, was celebrated here on March 25, 1634. It was a time of beginnings; the first day of the year on the old Julian Calendar and the Feast of the Annunciation. Catholic leaders were determine to . . . Map (db m24191) HM
3Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — With Great Emotion of Soul
The low strip of land across the water in front of you is St. Clement's Island. There, in March of 1634, English settlers first landed on what today is Maryland. The Catholics among the mostly Protestant settlers were seeking a new life that . . . Map (db m204843) HM
4Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — A Target for Big Guns
In 1918, the United States War Department established the Dahlgren Proving Grounds in King George County, Virginia. Military leaders who had observed the death and destruction of World War I wanted more accurate and effective large guns for future . . . Map (db m104737) HM
5Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Ancestral GardenSt. Clement's Island, St. Mary's County, Maryland.
Planted as a tercentenary commemoration to the manorial homes of the men and women who on this site founded Maryland March 25, 1634 - March 25, 1934.Map (db m204925) HM
6Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Blackistone Island LighthouseKeepers of the Light
1851 Isaac Wood 1853 George Goddard 1859 Jerome L. McWilliams 1868 Dr. Joseph L. McWilliams 1875 Mrs. Josephine McWilliams Freeman 1912 William M. Freeman, Jr. 1913 Leonard H. Staubly 1917 Francis E. Butterfield, Jr. . . . Map (db m24187) HM
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7Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Blackistone LighthouseWitness to History
The original Blackistone Lighthouse was built in 1851, ten years before the start of the American Civil War. It was constructed by John Donahoo of Havre De Grace, Maryland, under contract with the U.S. Government. In 1932, it was . . . Map (db m204928) HM
8Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Blackistone LighthouseRebuilding a Landmark
Rebuilding for future generations. Josephine Mattingly, granddaughter of Mrs. Josephine Freeman, left a bequest to the St. Clement's Hundred, a non-profit group formed to preserve and enhance St. Clement's Island. Fulfilling this promise, the . . . Map (db m204931) HM
9Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Blackistone LighthouseSaved by Keeper's Pregnant Wife
During the night of May 19, 1864, Confederate Navy Capt. John Goldsmith and a dozen men slipped past a nearby Union Potomac Flotilla gunboat and disembarked here from the 30-foot sloop Swan. They intended to destroy the Blackistone . . . Map (db m204935) HM
10Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Blackistone Lighthouse Bell Tower
The original bell tower erected in 1888 included machinery designed to strike every 16 seconds. It served as a vital part of the warning system for ships in inclement weather. This bell tower was built by Paul Bennett and Jay Pilkerton . . . Map (db m204934) HM
11Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Charlotte Hall SchoolPreserving an Icon
A historical treasure. The Charlotte Hall School is a one-room schoolhouse built in 1820 on land purchased from the Edwards family for $10 per acre. Originally located on Thompson Corner Road in Charlotte Hall, Maryland, the school was . . . Map (db m204842) HM
12Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Discover Southern Maryland's Amazing Stories of Exploration, Hope, and Courage
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
"Passing along the coast, searching every inlet, and bay, fit for harbours and habitations…" Captain John Smith, describing his explorations of the Chesapeake . . . Map (db m204839) HM
13Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Dory BoatsV-Bottomed Boats of the Chesapeake
The Potomac River dory boat was used for the tonging and dredging of oysters in the waters of the Potomac River and its tributaries. Its unique design features a V-bottom planked lengthwise instead of the usual cross-planking. The dory boat . . . Map (db m204854) HM
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14Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Freedom to WorshipThe Quest for Tolerance
So many new beginnings. A Catholic Mass, the first in English America, was celebrated here on the Island on March 25, 1634. It was a time of beginnings—the first day of the year on the old Julian calendar and the Feast of the Annunciation. . . . Map (db m204923) HM
15Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Journey to an IslandSt. Clement's Island State Park
A Potomac River landmark, St. Clement's Island has served many functions: a lighthouse site, a summer resort, and farmland. The island became a state park in 1962 and today offers trails, a lighthouse you can explore, wildlife viewing, . . . Map (db m204851) HM
16Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Maryland Began HereThe Colonists Arrive
Two ships arrive. The 400-ton Ark and the 40-ton Dove landed almost 200 English settlers here in March of 1634. After a stormy passage from England, the 20-year-old Governor Leonard Calvert brother of Lord Baltimore, was looking . . . Map (db m204866) HM
17Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Maryland Began Here!
Two ships, the 400-ton Ark and the 50-ton Dove landed almost 150 English settlers here in March of 1634. After a stormy passage from England, the 28-year-old Governor Leonard Calvert, brother of Lord Baltimore, looked for a safe place . . . Map (db m24194) HM
18Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Mother of Light Shrine
East Face Maryland was dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God, during the first Mass held on St. Clement's Island. John Carroll, the first Catholic Bishop of the United States declared our young nation to be under Mary's protection in 1792. . . . Map (db m9496) HM
19Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Potomac River Dory Boat
The Potomac River dory boat originated around the 1880s and was built almost exclusively within this area of St. Mary's County, Maryland. How the name dory boat came to be is unknown, but its unique design features a V-bottom, planked lengthwise . . . Map (db m22148) HM
20Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Saint Clement’s Island(One-half mile offshore)
Site of the first landing of Governor Leonard Calvert and the Maryland colonists, March 25, 1634. Here, on the same day, Father Andrew White, S. J. celebrated the first Catholic mass in the British-American colonies. The Island became a part . . . Map (db m9152) HM
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21Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — St. Clement's Hundred
This sycamore is the first of 500 new trees to be planted on this "precious spot of land" over the next few years. On October 3, 1993 the Honorable Louis L. Goldstein, Comptroller of the Treasury, State of Maryland, planted this tree on behalf of . . . Map (db m204921) HM
22Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — St. Clement's Island
To this island in March 1634, Governor Leonard Calvert and the first Maryland colonists came in the vessels Ark and Dove. Here they took possession of the Province of Maryland, erected a cross of Maryland wood and celebrated the Holy Sacrifice. Here . . . Map (db m24197) HM
23Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — St. Clement's Island Lighthouse"None of the Lighthouses … are Safe"
On May 19, 1864 Confederates raided St. Clement's Island to destroy the 1851 lighthouse. Capt. John Goldsmith, a county residence who had once owned the island, led the attack, having joined the Confederate army in Virginia. In a thirty-foot . . . Map (db m9181) HM
24Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — St. Clement's Island MuseumLearn about the epic journey of Maryland's first settlers
Across the road, in the St. Clement's Island Museum, you can learn why Maryland's first colonists risked a harrowing sea voyage from England to an uncertain future in America. Follow their experiences in the New World, including their . . . Map (db m204841) HM
25Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — St. Clement's Island State ParkInformation about St. Clement's Island — …where fun comes naturally —
This 62 acre park is the location of the landing of Maryland's first colonists. 150 British settlers, sailing on the Ark and Dove, arrived on the Island on March 25, 1634, which is now commemorated annually as Maryland Day. A . . . Map (db m204861) HM
26Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — St. Clements Manor1639 — 11,400 acres —
In St. Clements Hundred, St. Mary’s County laid out with court leet and baron, and patented to Dr. Thomas Gerard, Esq. and bequeathed to his oldest son Capt. Justinian GerardMap (db m9183) HM
27Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — The Black Diamond Incident"Out of the frying pan into the fire"
It was April 22, 1865, the eight day of the intense manhunt for President Lincoln's assassin—John Wilkes Booth—across southern Maryland. U.S. Army and Navy detachments were in the chase, including vessels of the Potomac Flotilla, which had helped . . . Map (db m204852) HM
28Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — The Shrinking Island
Glaciers, storms, tides and winds are constantly creating and destroying islands and shorelines throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. According to Maryland settler and Jesuit missionary Father Andrew White, St. Clement's Island was 400 acres in . . . Map (db m24196) HM
29Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — This Stand of Trees
This stand of new trees planted on October 4, 1993 through the combined efforts of the Optimist Club of the Seventh District, Chesapeake Bay Trust and St. Clements Hundred. St. Clements Hundred is a group of concerned citizens dedicated to . . . Map (db m204920) HM
30Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Trade ExpandsWharf Connects with New Markets
Island ties with Bay markets. In 1868, Blackistone's (St. Clement's) Island owner, Dr. Joseph McWilliams, built a steamboat wharf with his sons. The addition opened the island's door to trade with a busy network of Chesapeake Bay ports. Dr. . . . Map (db m204926) HM
31Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Ways to Explore Southern Maryland's Scenic and Historic Routes
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail This unique trail is designed for you to experience by boat. It is America's first waterway national historic trail and includes more than 3,000 miles explored by Captain John Smith. . . . Map (db m204840) HM
32Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Welcome to St. Clement's Island
This small island, one of hundreds in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, has a history as old as Maryland. St. Clement's was the first landfall of the Maryland settlers in 1634. A Potomac River landmark for almost four centuries, it has been a . . . Map (db m24200) HM
33Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Welcome to St. Clement's Island
This small island, one of hundreds in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, has a history as old as Maryland. St. Clement's was the first landfall of the Maryland settlers in 1634. A Potomac River landmark for almost four centuries, it has been a . . . Map (db m24201) HM
34Maryland (St. Mary's County), Coltons Point — Welcome to St. Clements Island State Park
A rich history. St. Clements Island State Park was the first landfall of settlers to Maryland in 1634. A Potomac River landmark for almost four centuries, it has been a thriving farm, a popular summer resort and a target for large guns. The . . . Map (db m204857) HM
 
 
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Oct. 4, 2022