Port Deposit Chamber of Commerce

Port Deposit Chamber of Commerce What do you like most about Port Deposit - Help us create a bucket List
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09/09/2015
Fly Port Deposit

Fly Port Deposit

This is a 90 second fly over Port Deposit MD. Cliff hanger over Mt. Ararat and a small crowd at the eye which I am the original producer of. Of ourse all dro...

06/05/2015

Don't forget to drop by the Port Deposit VFW tonight to register for tomorrow's Rockfish Tournament between 6 pm and 8 pm. Tshirts are ready for pickup!

Together with remarkable support from the community and other partners, the efforts of Seigel and his students have beco...
09/03/2013
Back on the Map

Together with remarkable support from the community and other partners,
the efforts of Seigel and his students have become a model of unprecedented cooperation as they work to change the fate of a timid turtle.

08/22/2013

What is your most favorite place in Port Deposit?

08/17/2013

Today, the Bainbridge Historic Museum is having its re-grand opening. The ceremony starts at 1 pm. Please share this post and please come out and support this gem in Port Deposit.

04/27/2013

Singer-song writer Kenny Cunningham will take the stage from 3 To 8 pm on May 4 at the Kentucky Derby party to support the Arts in Port Deposit at the Carriage House! Tickets are available at Backfin Blues or message us on Facebook and we will reserve your tickets at the door.

04/22/2013

THE DERBY PARTY IS THE 4TH!!!!!! Sorry about the error on a prior post!

04/22/2013

What are you doing for the Kentucky Derby on May 4th In support of our second art project, the PDCC is having a Derby Party at the Carriage House beginning at 3 PM. Tickets are $20, includes traditional Derby Fare, games and Ladies (or Gents) Hat Contest and music. Tickets are available at Back Fin Blues or message us on Facebook and we will save you a ticket at the door.

02/02/2013

Two mural selections are on display in the Port Deposit Post Office lobby. Which War of 1812 image would you like to see painted on the exterior Post Office Wal?. Please take a few minutes to go to the Post Office and cast your vote!!! THANKS!!

01/26/2013

Are you looking for a great venue to watch the Super Bowl on February 3rd? Come join us for an evening of fun at the Jacob Tome Carriage House on South Main Street. BYOB and a covered dish. Pulled Pork will be cooked outside! $15 Donation to support the next Port Deposit Chamber of Commerce Public Arts Project. Call Martha, Linda or Randa to let us know if you want to join the fun. Doors open at 4PM.

01/26/2013

Are you looking for a great venue to watch the Super Bowl on February 3rd? Come join us for an evening of fun at the Joacob Tome Carriage House on South Main Street. BYOB and a covered dish. Pulled Pork will be cooked outside! $15 Donation to support the next Port Deposit Chamber of Commerce Public Arts Project. Call Martha, Linda or Randa to let us know if you want to join the fun. Doors open at 4PM.

12/16/2012

By Erika Quesenbery Sturgill Special to The Whig
Chances are good there was little fanfare or celebration when Gov. Levin Winder signed a document that changed the name of a tiny hamlet along the Susquehanna River to Port Deposit.
Prior to signing that document 199 years ago on Dec. 5, 1813, the village of about one dozen structures was known as Creswell’s Ferry, taking the name from Col. John Creswell’s ferryboat and landing at the Rock Run Mill on the extreme north of the burg.
A new town in Cecil County was certainly newsworthy, but at the time Winder’s alleged statement of, “it has become a port of deposit why not call it as such,” was certainly not the most pressing of issues. The United States of America had declared war on Great Britain over a year earlier, June 18, 1812. As most scholars will attest, the war was seen as a war for sailor’s rights by many. With the tiny village on the waterfront being a “port of deposit” reliant upon water trade and traffic, and an embargo brought about by the War of 1812, the timing was just a touch off.
One must remember that Havre de Grace had been attacked and burned May 3, 1813, Principio Furnace had been laid to waste the same day, and a wharf, warehouse and at least one shipping vessel had been torched by the British across the river from Port Deposit at Lapidum on that fateful day. The British sailed on to attack Fredericktown and Georgetown a few days later, and of course earlier on April 29, 1813 they had attacked Frenchtown at Elkton. The thought of fanfare and announcements of a potential new target just might not be the politic thing to do.
It was not just an affable desire to erect a new town that prompted Winder’s move though. Rather, a prominent landowner in western Cecil County Phillip Thomas, Jr., had set the wheels in motion. Upon the death of Phillip Thomas Sr., his son and namesake acquired his father’s holdings, which extended from essentially Center Street, or Jacob Tome Highway, south to include Mount Ararat. Soon thereafter, Thomas contracted with a prominent Cecil County surveyor of the day, Hugh Beard of Zion, to lay out a town on this water-lapped land.
“Port Deposit began as an exchange point for traders,” explained George J. Andreve, Architectural Historian for the Maryland Historic Trust in the 1976 nomination of the town to the National Register of Historic Places. “It was known as Creswell’s Ferry until 1812 and was built in the flood plain of the Susquehanna River.” Andreve, the Maryland Manual and Maryland Municipal League all point to Dec. 5, 1812 for the signing of this document, although other historians point to Dec. 5, 1813.
It is known that Beard’s design of town was submitted to the Maryland General Assembly Oct. 21, 1812. Many local historians concur that the documents were submitted and reviewed and Winder may have signed them in 1812, but it is more likely it took until Dec. 5, 1813 for the General Assembly reviews, proper filing and documentation as Maryland was heavily involved in the war and Admiral Sir George Cockburn’s Chesapeake Campaign in 1812 and 1813.
In either case, the town of Port Deposit traditionally celebrates the town’s birthday as Dec. 5, 1813, although for the Centennial year of 1913 the celebration was held in July with a parade, in which the “first banner for women’s rights was carried through town in an automobile.” For the town’s 175th anniversary in 1988 the town celebrated with a Heritage Day, Candlelight Tours and a community carol sing on the Tome Steps beside town hall, through the auspices of the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation.
On the first Saturday this year, Port Deposit Heritage Corporation again held a Candlelight Tour, which featured new properties to the usual list of beautifully, decorated historic homes, and attracted some 200 visitors to the town. Indeed efforts have been afoot for quite some time to recognize the town’s Bicentennial year with plans for murals, restoration projects, displays and other goals delineated by various groups, including Port Deposit Heritage Corporation, the Paw Paw Museum it operates, and the Port Deposit Chamber of Commerce.
Cecil College will also pay tribute to the town’s 200th birthday with a course entitled “A Bicentennial of Port Deposit” offered on Saturday May 4 and 11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the North East Campus. For information on the course or to register call the college at 410-392-3366 or 410-287-1078.
During Port Deposit’s Bicentennial year of 2013, Whig special correspondent Erika Quesenbery Sturgill will provide additional feature articles on historic sites, times, persons and moments in the story of Port Deposit from Thomas Cresap and George Talbot to USNTC Bainbridge and Wiley Manufacturing

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11/14/2012
Town of Port Deposit

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The little Town with a big heart!

Skipjack Martha Lewis
09/07/2012
Skipjack Martha Lewis

Skipjack Martha Lewis

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Work to continue Wednesday morning on crashed propane tanker in Port (W/ VIDEO)
08/15/2012
Work to continue Wednesday morning on crashed propane tanker in Port (W/ VIDEO)

Work to continue Wednesday morning on crashed propane tanker in Port (W/ VIDEO)

A tanker hauling 9,000 gallons of propane crashed into a waterfront condominium building in Port Deposit on Tuesday – leaving the driver trapped inside the cab of his overturned truck for two hours and forcing residents in that particular section to stay elsewhere overnight.

08/14/2012

NOTICE: Residents of 500 Rowland Drive may not return home tonight. Other residents may return but may not have power.

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PO Box 186
Port Deposit, MD
21904

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Monday 8am - 4pm
Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Wednesday 8am - 4pm
Thursday 8am - 4pm
Saturday 12pm - 8pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

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