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Piney Point, Maryland Historical Markers

 
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By Tom Fuchs, July 1, 2008
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Maryland (St. Mary's County), Piney Point — Bay Lights
Protecting ships from treacherous waters has been a necessity since ancient times when bonfires and strategically placed cottage lanterns warned seamen of dangers in fog and darkness. Lighthouses of the Chesapeake and Potomac River waterways are . . . — Map (db m9011) HM
Maryland (St. Mary's County), Piney Point — British Landing Prevented July 17, 1776
Capt. Rezin Beall (later Brig. Gen. in "Flying Camp") was wounded here in repulse of British efforts to cross to mainland from St. George's Island. Fighting continued until July 29, Lord Dunmore, commanding 72 marauding British vessels on Potomac . . . — Map (db m18720) HM
Maryland (St. Mary's County), Piney Point — Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters
Most free standing light houses were accompanied by "keeper's quarters," which housed the light keepers and their families. The Piney Point Lighthouse and keeper's quarters were built in 1836 by John Donahoo of Havre de Grace. The original brick . . . — Map (db m8978) HM
Maryland (St. Mary's County), Piney Point — Map of Lower Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay
Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park, a Chesapeake Bay Gateway, is one of your entry points to enjoy and learn about the places and stories of the Chesapeake and its watershed. The 64,000 square-mile watershed is a complete ecosystem. . . . — Map (db m9019) HM
Maryland (St. Mary's County), Piney Point — Natural Highways
The Chesapeake Bay and its many tributaries have served as natural highways since the beginning of civilization. With the gradual development of villages and settlements along the shorelines, the waterways became the primary means of transportation . . . — Map (db m9014) HM
Maryland (St. Mary's County), Piney Point — Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Visit Piney Point between March and October and you might see osprey at home on pilings used to moor oil barges. These graceful birds of prey return every year around St. Patricks Day from their winter homes in Brazil, Colombia or Venezuela. The . . . — Map (db m9016) HM
Maryland (St. Mary's County), Piney Point — Piney Point “Summer White House”
The Piney Point area possesses its own unique social history and charm. Named for the loblolly and long leaf yellow pines along the shoreline, Piney Point became the social center of Washington D.C. between 1820 and 1910. President James Monroe . . . — Map (db m94280) HM
Maryland (St. Mary's County), Piney Point — Piney Point Lighthouse
On Christmas Eve 1835, the Federal Government purchased 2.5 acres of land from William and Charlotte Suter for $300. A year later the first lighthouse constructed entirely on the shoreline of the Potomac River went into service at Piney Point. . . . — Map (db m9007) HM
Maryland (St. Mary's County), Piney Point — Piney Point Lighthouse The Potomac Flotilla
In 1861, the U. S. created the Potomac Flotilla (gunboats and other armed vessels) to patrol the river and intercept Confederate blockade runners. Nevertheless, St. Mary's County residents frequently ferried supplies and men across to Virginia. A . . . — Map (db m65046) HM
Maryland (St. Mary's County), Piney Point — Piney Point Lighthouse
On Christmas Eve of 1835, land consisting of 2.5 acres was purchased by the Federal Government from William and Charlotte Suter for three hundred dollars. The following year the first lighthouse constructed entirely on the shoreline of the Potomac . . . — Map (db m94283) HM
Maryland (St. Mary's County), Piney Point — Potomac River Military Testing
Almost from the beginning of the new nation, the United States established military facilities along the Potomac River - to test guns and munitions before placing them into service, to train troops and to defend the Nation's Capital. Piney Point . . . — Map (db m8974) HM

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