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A B-52 bomber with a crew of five and two thermonuclear bombs on it crashed in a snow storm on Big Savage Mountain, near Grantsville, Garrett County, on January 13, 1964. The result was a massive search for the location of the plane, and for the crew, four of whom had ejected from the plane. The military were heavily …
On July 5, 1864 Brigadier General John McCausland of the Confederate States of America marched towards Hagerstown, the county seat of Washington County, Maryland and a transportation hub. Merchants fled from the town with what supplies they could carry and the Market House became the Confederate headquarters.
McCausland then demanded a …
Many of the existing documents which deal with slavery in Washington County, Maryland are the wills of slave owners, passing on their property after their deaths or making a gift of a slave to a favored grandson. Others deal with the sale or purchase of a slave. Unusual in this collection is a note giving permission for "my negro man …
Washington County residents in World War II, like the rest of the nation, enlisted to serve. According to research conducted by Thomas Cochran, using Maryland in World War II: Register of service personnel, published by the Maryland Historical Society in 1965, there were 7875 service members from Washington County, Maryland from …
The Bridge over the Casselman River near Grantsville in Garrett County, started in 1813 and completed in 1815, was at one time the longest single span stone arch bridge in the United States. The bridge forded what was then known as the Little Youghiogheny and it was along the National Road from Cumberland to Wheeling and beyond. David …
The photographs in this collection were donated to the Ruth Enlow Library branch in Accident, Maryland, by the Strauss family after the death of Mrs. Strauss in 1992, and are shown here with the permission of her family. The text accompanying the …
“Go view those magnificent ... culverts, of hewn stone ... then think how soon the fortunes of individuals embarked in the prosecution of such an enterprise would be swallowed up ... It will not be deemed out of place, if I here express the hope, that those ... should not in the hour of its …
A descriptive list of the burial places of the remains of Confederate soldiers, who fell in the battles of Antietam, South Mountain, Monocacy, and other points in Washington and Frederick counties, in the state of Maryland
This book, published in 1869, also known as the Bowie List, records the location of the Confederate soldiers buried …
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Introduction by Kay Melby of Hagerstown
When I was a girl growing up, I heard stories of my great-grandfather, William Henry Perkins. He was the father of my grandmother, Lillian Perkins Jenkins, who lived with us ten years after my grandfather died. William H. Perkins, MD was a physician in Hancock, MD and a “country doctor” …
Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties in Western Maryland have a rich and diverse history. View images from the collections of the libraries, historical societies and individuals in the three counties. There are photographs, newspaper articles and indexes, rare books and more.