My Daily Photo Walk: Port Tobacco, MD

November 26, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

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26 - PT 326 - PT 3 26 - PT 6Chimney Hall 1750 -- it's for sale! On my way to Thanksgiving Dinner in the Northern Neck of Virginia, I detoured off Rt. 301 South to visit Port Tobacco.  My friend Gary recommended this as a good place for my photo walk, and it was.
 
Port Tobacco Village is the smallest incorporated town in Maryland, population 13.  I parked in front of the reconstructed courthouse, which was once the county seat of Charles County.  The village was once an actual port along the Port Tobacco River during Colonial Times.  During the late 17th century, Port Tobacco was the second largest river port in Maryland, exporting Southern Maryland's tobacco crop.  However, over time, silting in the river cut off the village from access to the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay.  
 
26 - PT 726 - PT 7 26 - PT 426 - PT 4 The little village consists today of the courthouse building, about five homes, three of which are from the 1750's, and a small graveyard, which was part of the Episcopal  Church that once stood on the site.  I walked all around the yard of the courthouse, reading the historical markers that detailed the history of Port Tobacco during Colonial Times, as well as the role it played in the assassination conspiracy of Abraham Lincoln.  You can read more about Port Tobacco, including information about the native Americans who lived in the area, at this link.
 
26 - PT 526 - PT 5 26 - PT 226 - PT 2 I walked a little farther along the road to the one room school house, circa 1876.  It is in beautiful condition, due to renovation, and is currently available as a meeting place or for special events.  Across the road from the school house was a sheep farm and a very dilapidated barn.  
 
26 - PT 126 - PT 1 Happy Thanksgiving to all.  It was a beautiful day in Maryland, and I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving with family and friends, wherever you were.  
 
 
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