Defending the Chesapeake Bay Historical

Defending the Chesapeake Bay Historical (HM1UT2)

Location: Glen Burnie, MD 21061 Anne Arundel County
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N 39° 9.803', W 76° 37.54'

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The Curtis Creek Iron Furnace (also calle Aetna or Etna Furnace), established c. 1759, stood on the south side of Furnace Branch Creek in Glen Burnie, where Rte. 10 now crosses. The location ensured access to local iron ore deposits, wood from surrounding forests necessary for charcoal kilns, a constant source of water power from a one-mile mill race fed by Saw Mill Creek, and water transportation for exporting iron products.

During the War of 1812, the furnace provided 18-pound cannon and 32-pound carronades (a short-range naval weapon - smaller, lighter and requiring less gunpowder than long guns) for Commodore Joshua Barney's flotilla, a collection of barges used to defend against British attacks in the shallow waters of Chesapeake Bay.

[text in upper left box] Captain Abner Linthicum's company...was often in service...sometimes at Etna Furnace, Curtis Creek, where cannon were cast before and during the war."
-Baltimore Sun, September 1890, Account of Sarah Randle, whose father served under Capt. Linthicum in the 22nd Regiment, Maryland Militia, during the War of 1812

[text in lower right box] The actual Furnace site is not available for visitation at this time. The Historical and Genealogical Research Center at the Kuethe Library is operated jointly by the Ann Arundell County Historical
Society, Inc. and the Anne Arundel Genealogical Society, courtesy of the Kuethe Foundation.
HM NumberHM1UT2
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 359551 N 4336166
Decimal Degrees39.16338333, -76.62566667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 9.803', W 76° 37.54'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 9' 48.18" N, 76° 37' 32.4" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 19 Crain Hwy, Glen Burnie MD 21061, US
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