Elkton, Wedding Capital of the East

Elkton, Wedding Capital of the East (HMLI)

Location: Elkton, MD 21921 Cecil County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 36.498', W 75° 49.706'

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In the early 20th century, Maryland had no waiting period for issuing marriage licenses, and couples from throughout the Northeast flocked to Elkton—the first county seat south of the State line—where they could be married without delay. Independent wedding chapels lined Main Street. In 1936, the town issued 11,791 marriage licenses. Two years later, the State adopted a 48-hour wait, but the tradition endured. As late as the 1970's as many as 6,000 couples were wed here in a year.
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HM NumberHMLI
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Placed ByMaryland Historical Trust & Maryland State Highway Administration
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 10:03am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 428882 N 4384611
Decimal Degrees39.60830000, -75.82843333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 36.498', W 75° 49.706'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 36' 29.88" N, 75° 49' 42.36" W
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Area Code(s)443, 410
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 120-134 MD-7, Elkton MD 21921, US
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