by Jamie Alvarenga

Most People In Maryland Don’t Know About Our Old POW Camp

Have you heard of Maryland’s Point Lookout State Park? Whether you know this area for its camping spots, water views, or even haunted lighthouse, there’s no denying that there is a ton to explore here. What many don’t know is that this Maryland park is also home to a former Prisoner of War camp. Read on for the details and consider visiting and learning at this one-of-a-kind park in the Old Line State.

Point Lookout State Park is located at the tip of Southern Maryland.Google Maps
You can head here to explore the nature trails, walk along the beach, enjoy the water views, go hunting, fishing, camping, and more.Flickr / fabulousfabs
What many don't know is that this diverse park was also once the home of a prisoner of war camp.Flickr / Chesapeake Bay Program
After the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate prisoners were sent here for incarceration. Between 1863 and 1865, 50,000 men were held here, with nearly 4,000 of them dying due to disease and starvation. You can explore the prison pen replicas today.Flickr / Chesapeake Bay Program
Due to the many deaths here, spooky stories have developed over the years. Those who have camped overnight at the park have claimed to see ghostly figures around the grounds.Flickr / Chesapeake Bay Program
The onsite lighthouse is said to be especially haunted, with objects moving on their own and an apparition of a guard appearing to protect the porch.Flickr / Chesapeake Bay Program
With a rich history and great scenery, this is one Maryland state park you'll want to explore at least once.Flickr / Tim Evanson
Find more information by clicking on the website linked below, and happy adventuring!Flickr / Elvert Barnes

For more information about Point Lookout State Park, including history, trails, and more, visit the official website.

Interested in more Maryland history? Then be sure to read about this uninhabited island in Maryland. The drone footage is amazing!

Address: Point Lookout State Park, 11175 Point Lookout Rd, Scotland, MD 20687, USA

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