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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Elkton, Maryland

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Elkton is the county seat for Cecil County
Elkton is in Cecil County
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      Harford County (201)  
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1 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — "O! say can you see..."Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail traces the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake. Along the trail you'll encounter tangible evidence of the war and stories that bring the people and events to life. Discover the far-reaching impacts of . . . Map (db m154170) HM
2 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — “New Munster”
A tract of 6,000 acres laid out in 1683 by George Talbot (then surveyor-general of Maryland) for Edwin O’Dwire and 15 other Irishmen. Its northern boundary extended into what is now the State of Pennsylvania.Map (db m1763) HM
3 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — “Partridge Hill”Built c. 1760
Home of Henry Hollingsworth, merchant, legislator and colonel of Elk Battalion of Militia in Revolutionary Way as Commissary for the Eastern Shore. He obtained supplies for the Americans and French allies embarking near here in 1781 on voyage down . . . Map (db m154171) HM
4 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Big Elk Chapel
Big Elk Methodist Episcopal Church, known as the Big Elk Chapel, is located at Flounders Corner on a parcel of land originally part of the New Munster Tract. In 1877 the Rev. John France of Cherry Hill Methodist Episcopal Church held a great . . . Map (db m146992) HM
5 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Blue Ball Tavern Reported missing
Established about 1710 on Lot No. 35 of “The Nottingham Lots” by Andrew Job who secured it from William Penn. Job’s son, Thomas married Elizabeth Maxwell, niece of Daniel Defoe who wrote “Robinson Crusoe.”Map (db m146176) HM
6 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Carriage Steps
Take a step back in time and image yourself arriving by horse and carriage after an 8 to 12 hour ride from Baltimore or Philadelphia. You would step off the carriage and walk up these steps to perhaps attend a grand gala or simply enjoy the beauty . . . Map (db m152164) HM
7 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Cecil County Doughboy Monument
This monument is erected by the people of Cecil County in grateful recognition of the services of the men and women of this county who, on land or at sea, served their country in the Great World War - 1914 - 1918 - and in especial remembrance of the . . . Map (db m144721) WM
8 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Creswell Hall
The home of John A. J. Creswell who nominated James Buchanan for President in 1856 and turned Republican in 1861. He was successively Assistant-Adjutant General of Maryland, member of the House of Representatives, Senator and Postmaster by . . . Map (db m145436) HM
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9 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — ElktonOriginally called “Head of Elk”
Lafayette embarked his troops March 8, 1781 to capture Benedict Arnold. Returned April 9, began overland march to Virginia April 12, 1781. Washington and Rochambeau with their combined forces stopped Sept. 6-7, 1781 on way to . . . Map (db m154172) HM
10 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Elkton, Wedding Capital of the East
In the early 20th century, Maryland had no waiting period for issuing marriage licenses, and couples from throughout the Northeast flocked to Elkton—the first county seat south of the State line—where they could be married without delay. . . . Map (db m154173) HM
11 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Fighting BackStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
British raiders traveled along rivers to Upper Bay towns in 1813. Elkton, at the head of Elk River, expected to be a target, because it could be a landing site for an advance on Philadelphia. Citizens of Elkton built three earthen forts and . . . Map (db m154174) HM
12 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Flight 214
In memory of the 81 men women and children who lost their lives when Pan Am Flight 214 crashed on this site December 8, 1963Map (db m147678) HM
13 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Frenchtown
Frenchtown, one mile west of this marker, was an important link in the north-south travel route during the 18th and 19th centuries. As a depot, it was burned by the British under Admiral Cockburn on April 29, 1813.Map (db m1526) HM
14 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Henry Deibert and E. Deibert Bros. Barge BuildingElk Landing 1889 to 1911
Workers outfitting anchor chain on the barge “Arundel”. She was 215 ft. long, 30 ft. wide and 25 ft. deep. Notice the large expanse of marshland across the Elk Creek in the area of Fort Defiance. An estimated 200 “Schooner . . . Map (db m145462) HM
15 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Hollingsworth House Reported missing
About 1750 Zebulon Hollingsworth built the approximately 30 x 30 foot left hand section as a brick two story dwelling. In the mid-1800s it was gutted by fire and rebuilt as three stories with a low pitched roof. Also the two story right hand side . . . Map (db m152141) HM
16 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Hollingsworth House
You are standing in front of the structure known as the Hollingsworth House. The original home was built in the late 1700s by Zebulon Hollingsworth, Jr. as a two-story brick structure. After a fire in 1848, the house was rebuilt as it . . . Map (db m152226) HM
17 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Holly Hall
Built c. 1810–1820 by James Sewall. He was Clerk of Cecil County Court 1805–1841; Brigade Major of Maryland Militia and a Commander at nearby Fort Defiance in War of 1812; one of founders of Trinity Episcopal Church, Elkton in 1832.Map (db m145435) HM
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18 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Maryland Bicentennial Tree
It has stood its ground, survived the American Revolution and continues to serve an appreciative nation July 1978 Maryland Bicentennial Commission --- Maryland Forest ServiceMap (db m162165) HM
19 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Michael Rudulph
Michael Rudulph-Bold and Reckless, Hero of Rev. War-Born near here at Belle Hill, Jan. 5, 1758, lost at sea July 1793.Map (db m137133) WM
20 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Mitchell House
Built in 1769 as the home of Dr. Abraham Mitchell, noted physician. During the Revolutionary War he converted the house into a hospital for the use of wounded soldiers of the Continental Army. General Lafayette was a friend of the Mitchell family . . . Map (db m154175) HM
21 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Native Americans in the 1600's
• They hunted, foraged, and fished in this area. • Pottery and projectile points have been found during archaeological excavations.Map (db m152161) HM
22 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — New Castle and Frenchtown Railroad1832–1853
One of the earliest in the United States, the line ran from New Castle on the Delaware River, crossed the highway here, and extended to Frenchtown on the Elk River 1½ miles west of this point.Map (db m1564) HM
23 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Old Post RoadEstablished 1666
Where it crosses the Mason and Dixon Line, dividing the States of Maryland and Delaware. Run 1763–1767Map (db m145430) HM
24 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Revolutionary War
During the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), both American and British troops passed through Elk Landing. The American troops were led by General George Washington, and the British Troops were led by General William Howe. You may be on the . . . Map (db m152162) HM
25 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Rock Presbyterian Church
Founded 1720 in North Milford Hundred, Cecil County, Maryland. First called New Erection on the Branches of Elk River, then Elk River Church, Great Elk, upper Elk and, since 1793, Rock. Present church erected 1761 remodeled in 1844 and 1900.Map (db m1764) HM
26 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Site of Fort Defiance Reported missing
About one eighth mile south east on Elk River. American forces here and at Fort Hollingsworth (Elk Landing) repulsed the British under Admiral Cockburn in their attempt to capture Elkton, April 29, 1813.Map (db m152198) HM
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27 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Site of Fort Hollingsworth
About three tenths mile south at Elk Landing, American forces here and at Fort Defiance, about one mile below on Elk River, repulsed the British under Admiral Cockburn in their attempt to capture Elkton, April 29, 1813.Map (db m2228) HM
28 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Spirited RebuffStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail — War of 1812 — Reported unreadable
The British took their terror campaign to the Elk River in April 1813. Their target—Elkton—was protected by several forts. After capturing a gun battery at Frenchtown, British raiders destroyed its storehouses, a fishery, and . . . Map (db m146172) HM
29 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Stone House
This is the location of the Jon Steelman Trading Post, which fell into disrepair and was replaced with the building you see now, It was originally used to trade goods with the Native Americans. In later years this site was owned and operated . . . Map (db m152165) HM
30 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Strong DefenseStar Spangled Banner National Historic Trail-War of 1812 — Fort Hollingsworth-Elk Landing —
Three defensive earthworks safeguarded Elkton---Fort Hollingsworth, here, plus Defiance and Frederick downriver. A 60-foot chain across the channel secured the Elk River. On April 29, 1813, defenders at Fort Defiance fired on approaching . . . Map (db m145611) HM
31 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — The Hermitage
Part of Friendship Tract and home of Robert Alexander, delegate to the Provincial Convention of 1774 and to the Continental Convention of 1776. On August 25, 1777, he was host to Washington here and three days later offered allegiance to British . . . Map (db m154176) HM
32 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Valentine Hollingsworth (1632-1710)(Patriarch of the Hollingsworth family in America)
Valentine Hollingsworth and 2nd wife, Anne Calvert, came to this country in 1682 about the same time as William Penn. He was the father of 11 children and lived in northern Delaware in the area now called Brandywine Hundred. Son Henry . . . Map (db m96587) HM
33 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — War in the ChesapeakeStar-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
During the War of 1812 the young United States was embroiled in conflict with Great Britain. From 1812 to 1815 Americans fought to protect their rights and economic independence. They faced superior enemy forces on the homefront and the high . . . Map (db m154177) HM
34 Maryland, Cecil County, Elkton — Wilna
Boyhood home of William Whann Mackall. Appointed to the U. S. Military Academy in 1834. Resigned from the U. S. Army, joined the Confederacy and served on the staffs of Generals Albert Sydney Johnston, Braxton Bragg and Joseph E. Johnston. General . . . Map (db m145439) HM
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Sep. 21, 2023