Historic Elk Landing
Special Fall 2013 Events
Ghost Hunt, Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 Annual
Holiday Open House, Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
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Welcome to Historic Elk Landing, an
almost forgotten port at the head of the Chesapeake Bay. During
Americas late Colonial and early Federal periods, roughly
1770 to 1820, Elk Landing was the mid Atlantics northernmost
navigable inland waterway and the preferred route of north and south
travel for many well-known patriots. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson
and Lafayette, as well as many other patriots, passed through en-route
to the capitol in Philadelphia. In addition the site served as a
shipping and supply port for Americas Continental Army. In
the War of 1812, Fort Hollingsworth at Elk Landing, along with close-by
Fort Defiance, defended Elkton from burning by the British.
Restoration - At
the urging of a group of historically-minded and persistent citizensthe
Town of Elkton in October 1999 acquired Elk Landing from the descendants
of the Hollingsworth family who had owned the property since 1735.
As the site had
not been occupied for a number of years many of the structures have
fallen into disrepair. A non-profit organization, The Historic Elk
Landing Foundation, Inc., was created and on January 17, 2000 the
Foundation signed a renewable 99-year lease with the Town to operate
the site as an interpretive living history museum. Over the succeeding
decade, the Foundation has sought out and successfully acquired
grants from a variety of public and private sources as well as generous
donations from individuals
and corporations and restored most of the Hollingsworth House and
stabilized the Stone House. While there is much work to be done,
we are grateful for all those who have given of their time, talent,
and treasury to this important endeavor. Over the years this effort
has been guided by carefully thought out Vision and Mission Statements.
- Preserve Elktons and Americas early heritage by creating
a Living History Museum focused on the Colonial and Federal periods.
Mission - To create
and perpetuate a world-class Foundation guided by sound operating
policies, and managed by competent, caring and cooperative individuals
- Restore and re-create an 18th and early 19th century Elk Landing,
- Engage, inform and inspire visitors about events that occurred
here and how they shaped our new nation.
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Site last updated: October 6, 2013