Where Land Meets Water

Where Land Meets Water (HM3NH)

Location: Galesville, MD 20765 Anne Arundel County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 50.614', W 76° 32.51'

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Since Colonial times, the Galesville peninsula has been defined by the West River and the Chesapeake Bay. But 18,000 years ago, these waters did not exist! The Susquehanna River once flowed east of here. As glaciers melted, the sea level rose, flooding the river valley. Natural and human factors have continued to shape Galesville. The once dense forests gave way to houses and businesses. As fish, crab, and oyster harvests have diminished, pleasure boats replaced works boats in local coves and marinas.

I remember ox drawn wagons pulling hogsheads of tobacco down the road in front of our house going to Steamboat Landing."
Agnes Smith Dixon, Galesville native

This illustration shows the ancient Susquehanna River superimposed on today's Chesapeake Bay.

From the early 17th to the early 20th centuries, tobacco, vegetables, fruits and livestock were shipped to local and foreign markets.

In the early 20th century, oyster houses such as Woodfield's lined the shore. Here, watermens' abundant catches were processed for shipment to far-away markets. Most of this work was done by African Americans.
HM NumberHM3NH
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 8:31am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 366192 N 4300546
Decimal Degrees38.84356667, -76.54183333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 50.614', W 76° 32.51'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 50' 36.84" N, 76° 32' 30.60" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 988 Galesville Rd, Galesville MD 20765, US
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