Dent’s Meadow 1-20-2014

Yesterday, I visited Loyola on the Potomac, the Jesuit Retreat House located in Faulkner, MD.  Though I have been to the Retreat’s property several times in the past as part of the Surratt Society’s Booth Escape Route Tours and through my own arrangements, this was the first time that I have ever been inside of the Retreat House itself.   I was graciously given a tour of the facility by the director as we discussed an upcoming “Boothie” project of mine.  More on that will come later.  After the very productive meeting, I walked down the trail that leads to the water’s edge.  This, of course, is Dent’s Meadow, the point at which John Wilkes Booth and David Herold attempted to cross the Potomac River.  For a refresher, here’s a video I shot discussing the location back in August:

Though little has changed at the site since that video, there was less vegetation present due to the cold weather. So, I took the opportunity to make my way into some of the underbrush in order to take some pictures of the unnamed stream that Henry Woodland hid the boat in.  Since it was low tide, there was plenty of beach and the mouth of the stream was quite small.  Here are a few pictures I took yesterday:

Dents Unnamed stream 1

Dents Unnamed stream 2

Dents Back of unnamed stream

I also took this panorama of the stream and then added the woodcut of Booth’s boat that appeared in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated newspaper.  Click it to see it larger (and longer):

Boat in the Stream Panorama

Lastly, back in August I wrote on a piece of driftwood the historical significant of the site. I was pleased to see that my homemade marker was still there:

Dents Writing on the log 1

Dents Writing on the log 2

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