Eagle Harbor, Maryland

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Eagle Harbor is a very tiny incorporated town in the far extreme southeast corner of Prince George's County, Maryland, United States and near the rural community of Aquasco.[1] The population was 55 at the 2000 census. The Chalk Point Generating Station, owned by Mirant Corp., which was sold to Mirant by the Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) in 2000,[2] is located adjacent to the town.

The town's ZIP code is 20608.

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Geography

Eagle Harbor is located at 38°34′0″N 76°41′13″W / 38.566667°N 76.68694°W / 38.566667; -76.68694 (38.566709, -76.686841)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²), all of it land.

History

Eagle Harbor was originally known as Trueman Point, a river port established in the early 18th century to serve as a shipping point for tobacco plantations located in the Aquasco area. In 1747, it was considered by the Maryland colony as an official tobacco inspection station, but it never realized that designation. In 1817, George Weems established the Weems Steamboat Company, connecting Trueman Point to other landings along the Patuxent River. He also built a tobacco warehouse and ships routinely stopped at Trueman Landing. The steamboat traffic continued into the 1930s.[4] Trueman Point Landing, is a local historic site identified by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.[4][5]

Located just 30 miles from Washington, D.C., in 1925, developer Walter L. Bean purchased land adjoining Trueman Point with the vision of creating a resort community for middle class African Americans from the area. Lots were offered for $50.00 or less and the community was advertised as "a high class summer colony for the better people."[4] After a number of summer cottages were constructed, the community incorporated as the town of Eagle Harbor in 1929.

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