Clear Spring Area

32 – Stafford Hall, circa 1840, east of Clear Spring, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:58 pm

East of Clear Spring, on Cohill Road, a large, two-story, white-painted brick house sits on a rise that is shaded by old trees and softened by mature shrubs. The center section of this home is three bays wide. In the middle bay, a wide transom and sidelights with double rectangular panes surround the formal eight-panel …

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2 – Wilson Bridge 1819 and Wilson Store c1847, east of Clear Spring, MD.

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:56 pm

Wilson's Bridge

West of Hagerstown, Route 40 narrows to two lanes as it pushes into the countryside. Tidy homes, farmsteads and small businesses line the way in a random mix that is common along country roads. Near the entrance to Hagerstown Speedway, a small road Y’s to the right and slopes to a barrier. A marker proclaims, …

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104 – Widmyer House, circa 1880, west of Clear Spring, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 9:02 pm

One of the Washington County houses available for curatorship under the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is located near Fort Frederick, on a gravel lane that passes Mount Carmel Church Cemetery off Big Pool Road. It sits on fairly flat land surrounded by woods and faces east. It was built on stone foundations between …

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97 – Perry House, circa, 1860, Clear Spring, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 8:58 pm

In Clear Spring on West Cumberland Street, an imposing brick home is a few feet back from the street behind a garden of potted plants. Its neighbors, which abut the right of way, are attached on either side. This elegant row house has two stories and seven bays. It is laid in common bond and …

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93 – Oak Springs Farm, circa 1803, east of Clear Spring, MD

Posted on: Monday, March 30th, 2015 @ 8:51 pm

Along Clear Spring Road, a knot of farm buildings sits well back from the road among old trees and surrounded by a  white board fence. This is the heart of Oak Springs Farm. The graceful, ell-shaped brick house faces toward a central yard, as do the other buildings of the farmstead. Immediately behind the house …

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6 – Clear Spring, MD. Founded in 1823

Posted on: Sunday, October 26th, 2014 @ 10:18 am

The American Hotel, a favorite stop for travelers along the National Road. Photo courtesy of the Clear Spring District Historical Association.

    The clear spring still flows at the foot of Fairview Mountain on the south side of what first was called the Bank Road. Now Route 40, it once was a dirt and gravel highway to the west that completed the connection between Baltimore and Cumberland by 1823. At Cumberland, it joined the National …

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42 – Miller’s Tavern, circa 1823, east of Clear Spring, MD

Posted on: Sunday, October 26th, 2014 @ 8:38 am

Built in 1823 by John Miller along the busy National Pike, today Miller’s Tavern is being carefully restored by another family of Millers to be a bed and breakfast and gift shop. Photo by Kevin Finnin. 2002

In the first quarter of the 19th century, the westward movement was changing the face and the character of the country. Roads were built to carry pioneers west to new lands and their products east to markets. One of the major trails of this migration was from Baltimore to Wheeling, West Virginia, through western Maryland, …

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16 – Nesbitt’s Inheritance, circa 1803-1813, Clear Spring, MD

Posted on: Sunday, October 26th, 2014 @ 8:36 am

Before Clear Spring existed, Nathaniel Nesbitt, Sr.,owned the land on which it now lies. He had purchased 105 acres in 1754 after he emigrated from Northern Ireland. It is said that during the summer he would go to Maryland to farm the land, but would return to his home in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in the …

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140 – Land of Promise, circa 1800-1831, south of Clear Spring, MD

Posted on: Sunday, October 26th, 2014 @ 8:36 am

Big Spring Road winds through rolling countryside outside of Clear Spring. At a sharp turn, a lane forks to the left and travels a half-mile before crossing a small stone bridge and reaching a small hollow. Here mature trees and the brow of a hill shelter a remarkable collection of early buildings. The lane circles …

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116 – Spring Meadow Farm, circa 1790, south of Clear Spring, MD

Posted on: Sunday, October 26th, 2014 @ 8:36 am

South from Clear Spring, Big Pool Road curls through the countryside, narrows as it crosses a one-lane bridge, and approaches the imposing 44 foot tall gable end of a stone house looming on the left side of the road. The house faces northwest and sits close to the road on land that drops steeply down …

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