"Port Tobacco - Amazing historic village!" Port Tobacco by Ewingjr98
Port Tobacco Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 54 photos
Port Tobacco was once the second largest town in all of Maryland. It had 60-70 homes, three hotels, and numerous other businesses such as a blacksmith shop.
Later, the river filled with silt and became impassable, then the railroad was routed around this historic village. The county seat moved to La Plata and the town began to die.
Today just a few relics remain from this once-bustling town such as the Chimney House and the Catslip House. The courthouse was rebuilt and is now a museum, and archeological digs continue around town to discover the remainder some of the lost history.
The Maryland Historic Trust has a good summary of the town's history and significance.
Lafayette Baker, the spymaster who killed John Wilkes Booth following the assassination of President Lincoln, said this about Port Tobacco in his memoirs: “If any place in the world is utterly given over to depravity, it is Port Tobacco. Life there reminds me, in connection with the slimy river and the adjacent swamps, of the great reptile period of the world, when iguanodons and pterodactyls, and plesiosauri ate each other.”
This area and its individual sites can be difficult to find, so I created a Google Map showing the exact location of each of the sites I discussed in my tips. Click here to view the map and get directions to any of the sites!
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