Trappe Landing is located near the head of La Trappe Creek, off the north side of Choptank River in Talbot County. This landing served the town of Trappe which is located about four miles east by road (east on Maple Avenue to Island Creek Road and then south).
Trappe may have been named after a Trappist monastery, the ruins of which are said to be still located in a farm house off Main Street, or from a colonial tavern, the “Partridge Trap,” whose patrons were described as “visiting the Trap.” A “Wolf trap bridge,” built near a wolf trap, named in a deed of 1724, probably best explains the origin of the naming of the town.
This landing was served by the screw propeller steamers Minnie Wheeler and Chesapeake in 1878. It was also served by the Baltimore, Chesapeake & Atlantic Railway Company from at least 1906 to 1911.
(Choptank River Cultural Resources Inventory, 1999-2002)