"Site of Old Baltimore & Capt John Smith" Havre de Grace Things to Do Tip by Ewingjr98

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At this site near Havre de Grace, you will find two historic markers which read:

Site of 'Old Baltimore' -->

The first County Seat of Baltimore County, 1659 to 1700, was located on Bush River. In 1683 it was made a Port of Entry by the Maryland Assembly.

The town of Old Baltimore was on the bank of the Bush River opposite the sign, in the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground. Later nearby Joppatowne, then the city of Baltimore became the county's capital.

The second marker reads:

Captain John Smith

in 1608 ascended this river to this point. On his map he called it after his home in England “Willowbyes Flu” or river. Now Bush River.

John Smith gained his fame when he founded the first permanent English settlement in the New World at Jamestown, Virginia.

Directions: Pulaski Highway (U.S. 40) 1 mile south of Abingdon Road

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  • Updated Jun 1, 2009
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