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Five Historic Themes to Interpret at
1. Living history interpretation of a Chesapeake, “middling planter’s” tidewater farm, 1780-1860. 26.5 acres are left of the original 410 acre farm.
2. Commerce and Transportation on the northern Chesapeake Bay in that period. “Commerce” because this farm, as other local farms, took its produce (its “truck”) to Baltimore by market boat for over 150 years. “Transportation” because this farm, as other local farms, provided wood as fuel to the steamboat industry from ~1820s to ~1865.
3. Three War of 1812 stories to tell:
a - Francis Hancock was a Captain in the 22nd Regiment, Maryland Militia at the time the British attacked Baltimore.
b - The British burned a “very fine” American schooner named “The Lion of Baltimore” in Bodkin Creek on August 24, 1814.
c. The “Bodkin Telegraphe” (flag signaling system) connected Bodkin Island to Federal Hill in Baltimore through an intermediate signalling station on North Point beginning in 1806.
d. Because of the above, Hancock's Resolution has been selected by the National Park Service to be on the "Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail.
4. American Indian Lifeways on the northeastern Chesapeake Bay. Archaeology has turned up a 3,000 year old Indian camp site on the property.
5. Captain John Smith mapped Bodkin Creek in 1608. The rule is that if he mapped some place on his three voyages of discovery in 1607-08, he was there. NPS’ Capt. John Smith National Historic Trail