Java Plantation Life

Java Plantation Life (HM1J7K)

Location: Edgewater, MD 21037 Anne Arundel County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 53.365', W 76° 32.935'

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Contee's Wharf: A Vital Link

Since the 1700s there has been a road leading to Contee's Wharf. Deep water and the protection provided by Big Island made it a natural port. The river has served as a vital link between area residents and the outside world. The wharf was the center for trade and commerce as well as the latest news and gossip. Sailing vessels brought imported goods such as china and fine cloth to exchange for tobacco grown on Java. The wharf also served other farms in the area. The steamboat Emma Giles called at Contee's Wharf into the 20th century and ferried people, crops, and livestock.
Early settlers copied the dugout canoes of the Native Americans. The English punts had a sharper bow and stern which made them faster, but less stable than Indian canoes. One log punts gave way to two and three log canoes, and finally to a five log canoe known as a bugeye. All were used for fishing and oystering on the Rhode River.
(Inscription under the photo in the upper left) "Steamboat Landing on Shady Side" by John Douglas.
(Inscription under the photo in the center) Contee's Wharf, circa 1900-Courtesy H. Graham Wood.
(Inscription under the photo in the bottom center) The Punt: The colonist version of the native single log canoe.
(Inscription under the photo on the right) The Bugeye: A final stage in development of the native log canoe.
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HM NumberHM1J7K
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Date Added Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 9:04am PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 365664 N 4305645
Decimal Degrees38.88941667, -76.54891667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.365', W 76° 32.935'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 21.9" N, 76° 32' 56.1" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 450-458 Contees Wharf Rd, Edgewater MD 21037, US
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