A Historic Hub of Commerce

A Historic Hub of Commerce (HM1BNG)

Location: Chesapeake City, MD 21915 Cecil County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 31.65', W 75° 48.684'

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"Formerly known as the "Village of Bohemia," Chesapeake City owes its existence to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

From the time work began on the canal in 1824, the village became a hub of activity and a thriving port, creating a community of wealthy merchants, bankers, caterers, canal administrators, teachers and others. Homes, stores, warehouses and shops sprung up as canal traffic increased.

An Era of Change-When the federal government took over the C&O Canal a century after it opened, a series of improvements were made to the canal and road system that brought major changes to both the community and the local economy.br>
The canal was widened and deepened, making passage easier and faster for ships, eliminating the need to stop. In 1948, and improved bridge over the canal allowed supertankers to pass through, but bypassed the town in the process, reducing visitor traffic and isolating the community.

Preserving History-Today Chesapeake City extends both north and south of the canal. Many areas are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, attracting visitors seeking its historic architecture and character.br>
As you explore the town, imagine what it was like during the city's heyday—the hustle and bustle of laborers, working shipmen coming off the docks and merchants as they, too, traveled these streets.

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Early workmen's home-siding made of oars from arks.-Image courtesy Town of Chesapeake City.
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Bridge over old lock. Image courtesy Cecil County Historical Society.
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Old Lock Pump House, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, exterior of wheel building, Courtesy photo.
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Rees House and Office c.1870.
Placed ByChesapeake Country National Scenic Byway
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 12:23pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 430263 N 4375630
Decimal Degrees39.52750000, -75.81140000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 31.65', W 75° 48.684'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 31' 39.00" N, 75° 48' 41.04" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-11 Bohemia Ave, Chesapeake City MD 21915, US
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