Hard Travel Historical

Hard Travel Historical (HM1T5P)

Location: Edgemere, MD 21219 Baltimore County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 12.468', W 76° 25.433'

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Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail

John Smith and his crew visited this area in June 1608. After passing several shallow creeks, they entered the deep waters of the Patapsco River with hopes of finding exportable metals and a passage to the Pacific Ocean.

With only rotted bread on board, they also hoped to meet friendly Indians with food to share. Finding none, they became discouraged. Hungry, cramped from the confines of their small vessel, and tired from rowing, they implored Smith to return them to Jamestown.

Smith gave a rousing speech that rallied the crew to continue. But when a sudden storm caused several men to become ill, they headed downriver as soon as the weather cleared.

"We passed many shallow creeks, but the first we found Navigable for a ship, we called Bolus, for that the clay in many places under the clifts by the high water marke, did grow up in red and white knots as gum out of trees."
Captain John Smith, The General History of Virginia, 1624.

The explorers called the Patapsco River "Bolus Flu" for red clay they saw along its banks. They thought the clay was "bole armoniac", a substance believed to have medicinal properties.

Enjoy a diversity of experiences along the trail in North Point State Park: *A world-class port developed around the deep waters explored by Smith, but
you can still experience natural areas and outdoor fun along the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary, the Patapsco River. *Fish from the park's pies or explore the six miles of shoreline on the Chesapeake Bay. (Valid fishing license required) *Enjoy well-marked trails and observe some of the many birds that live or migrate through the park's diverse habitats. *Relax at the park's picnic area with a spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay.
HM NumberHM1T5P
Placed ByNational Park Service US Department of Interior
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Date Added Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 377062 N 4340802
Decimal Degrees39.20780000, -76.42388333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 12.468', W 76° 25.433'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 12' 28.08" N, 76° 25' 25.98" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Old Bay Shore Rd, Edgemere MD 21219, US
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