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.
- 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 to:
- 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: November 4, 2017