Maryland Route 276

Maryland Route 276

Maryland Route 276 marker

Maryland Route 276
Route information
Maintained by MDSHA
Length: 7.85 mi[1] (12.63 km)
Major junctions
South end: MD 222 in Port Deposit

MD 275 in Woodlawn

MD 273 near Rising Sun
North end: US 1 near Rising Sun
Counties: Cecil
Highway system

Maryland highway system
Interstate • US • State • Minor • Former • Turnpikes

MD 275 MD 277

Maryland Route 276 (MD 276) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Maryland. Known for most of its length as Jacob Tome Memorial Highway, the state highway runs 7.85 miles (12.63 km) from MD 222 in Port Deposit north to U.S. Route 1 (US 1) near Rising Sun. MD 276 is named for Jacob Tome, a lumber magnate, state senator, and philanthropist of Port Deposit in the 19th century. The state highway is signed as part of MD 222 Truck from MD 275 in Woodlawn north to US 1. The segment of MD 276 that runs due north–south was originally further to the east, between Hopewell Manor and MD 273 in Rising Sun; that segment was paved by 1910. The portion of the state highway between Port Deposit and Rising Sun was constructed in the late 1920s and early 1930s. MD 276 was shifted west to between Woodlawn and its present northern terminus at US 1 in the late 1950s.


Route description

MD 276 begins at an intersection with MD 222 (Main Street) in the town of Port Deposit two blocks east of the Susquehanna River. The two-lane state highway, which is Center Street in town and becomes Jacob Tome Memorial Highway at the town limit, heads northeast and begins a steep ascent onto the high bluff above the river. At the top of the hill, MD 276 runs through a mix of farmland and forest, passing scattered residences on the southbound side and the property of former United States Naval Training Center, Bainbridge on the northbound side before intersecting the northern end of MD 275 (Perrylawn Drive) in Woodlawn.[1][2]

At the intersection where Hopewell Road, the old alignment of MD 276, continues straight northeast near Hopewell Manor, the state highway curves to the north, crossing several branches of Basin Run and passing to the east of the West Nottingham Academy Historic District and the namesake boarding school. MD 276 parallels Harrisville Road, which provides access to West Nottingham Meetinghouse, between Barnes Corner Road and MD 273 (Rising Sun Road). The two state highways meet at a roundabout between the community of Harrisville and the town of Rising Sun. MD 276 continues north a short distance to its northern terminus at US 1 (Rising Sun Bypass). The roadway continues north as county-maintained Slicers Mill Road.[1][2]


The portion of MD 276 out of Port Deposit follows the path of the Old Baltimore and Philadelphia Turnpike, a collection of free and toll roads that passed through Cecil County from a ferry crossing at Port Deposit northeast through Calvert to Chester County, Pennsylvania. The segment of the highway that turned north to Rising Sun originally followed Hopewell Road from its intersection with the turnpike at Cathers Corner—now the intersection of Hopewell Road and Post Road—north to Main Street in the town of Rising Sun, following Wilson Street within the town.[3] The Cathers Corner–Rising Sun segment of MD 276 was paved by 1910.[4] The state highway was paved from Port Deposit toward Cathers Corner beginning in 1926.[5] MD 276 was completed by 1933.[6]

MD 276 was realigned to its present corridor in 1959. The state highway was designated along Kelly Road from Hopewell Road to Barnes Corner Road, which was then MD 269; on Harrisville Road north to MD 273; and along Slicers Mill Road from MD 273 to US 1 on the Rising Sun Bypass.[7] MD 276 was moved to its present alignment from south of Barnes Corner Road to MD 273 either at the same time or some time later. The most recent upgrade to MD 276 was the construction of the roundabout at the MD 273 junction in 2003.[8]

Junction list

The entire route is in Cecil County.

Location Mile[1] Destinations Notes
Port Deposit 0.00 MD 222 (Main Street) – Perryville, Conowingo Southern terminus
Woodlawn 2.25
MD 275 south (Perrylawn Drive) / MD 222 Truck south to I-95 – Perryville
MD 222 Truck continues south on MD 275
Rising Sun 7.36 MD 273 (Rising Sun Road) – Newark, DE Roundabout
US 1 (Rising Sun Bypass) / MD 222 Truck west – Bel Air, Oxford, PA
Northern terminus; MD 222 Truck continues west on US 1
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d "Highway Location Reference: Cecil County" (PDF). Maryland State Highway Administration. 2009. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  2. ^ a b Google, Inc. Google Maps – Maryland Route 276 (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc.,-76.08176&sspn=0.007578,0.01929&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=12. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  3. ^ United States Geological Survey. Havre de Grace, MD quadrangle (Map). 1:48,000. 15 Minute Series (Topographic) (1942 ed.). Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  4. ^ Maryland Geological Survey. Map of Maryland (Map) (1910 ed.). 
  5. ^ Report of the State Roads Commission of Maryland. 1924-1926. Baltimore: Maryland State Roads Commission. January 1927. p. 75. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  6. ^ Maryland Geological Survey. Map of Maryland Showing State Road System: State Aid Roads and Improved County Road Connections (Map) (1933 ed.). 
  7. ^ Maryland State Roads Commission. Maryland: Official Highway Map (Map) (1959 ed.). 
  8. ^ "Highway Location Reference: Cecil County" (PDF). Maryland State Highway Administration. 2003. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 

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