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Frenchtown on Elk River, Cecil County, Maryland


This is a watercolor on paper scene of Frenchtown, Maryland on August 4, 1806, which was a historic settlement that was an economic hub for shipping and wagons during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Following the burning of the town by a British invasion force in 1813, the town continued to decline due to the opening of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, as well as a nearby railroad installed in the 1830s. Today, the former town is part of White Hall, Maryland.




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From Sketchbook 9

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Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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