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Little Orleans in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Town Hill Overlook

The Beauty Spot of Maryland

 
 
Town Hill Overlook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, July 13, 2007
1. Town Hill Overlook Marker
Inscription. The long, winding ascent of Town Hill reaches a height just beyond that of Sideling Hill, but was much more easily crossed. However, early automobiles were still no match for the steep grades and tight turns along this section of the National Road. At the turn of the twentieth century, it was “practically an uninhabited section-wild and beautiful beyond anticipation, and with a most clear, bracing atmosphere...it seems quite safe to estimate that there may be more bridges than people...”

Imagine a travelerís delight when one came upon a service area with a gas station, a restaurant offering home cooked meals, and a place to stay. Visitors could see three states and seven counties from this overlook. Surrounded in the 1920s by apple orchards, tourists began to call this area the “Beauty Spot of Maryland.”

The Town Hill Hotel was one of the first to cater to the 20th century “pleasure traveler” along the old National Road. Hotels offering similar services were soon strategically placed on the tops of Sideling Hill, Green Ridge, Polish Mountain, Martins Mountain, Big Savage and Negro Mountains.
 
Erected by America's Byways.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location.
View from Town Hill image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, October 20, 2007
2. View from Town Hill
Note I-68 and the Sideling Hill cut in the distance.
39° 41.866′ N, 78° 24.056′ W. Marker is in Little Orleans, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is on National Pike (U.S. 40), on the left when traveling west. Click for map. This is Wayside 40 on the Historic National Road in Maryland. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31101 National Pike, Little Orleans MD 21766, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Mash Jr. (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pine Lick Trail (approx. 3.1 miles away); Log Roll Trail (approx. 3.2 miles away); Twin Oaks Trail (approx. 3.2 miles away); Long Pond Trail (approx. 3.2 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 6.5 miles away); Sideling Hill and Town Hill Mountains (approx. 6.5 miles away); Sideling Hill Cut South Bench (approx. 6.5 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Reproductions of two old postcards on the lower portion of the marker are captioned, "Town Hill Hotel is the only 1920's hotel in this area that is still in business today. Note the old cars, gas pump, and driving warning." The background of the marker is "National Road at Fairview Inn" which is the standard for markers in this series. An elevation diagram of the national road is displayed on the bottom of the marker's face.
 
Also see . . .
Town Hill Overlook image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, October 20, 2007
3. Town Hill Overlook
Note the canopy to protect tourists from the elements.
 Town Hill Hotel. The hotel is still offering a haven for travelers. (Submitted on January 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
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Town Hill Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, October 20, 2007
4. Town Hill Hotel
View from Town Hill image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Busta-Peck, August 26, 2007
5. View from Town Hill
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,609 times since then and 18 times this year. Last updated on , by Jacob Nevin of Bethesda, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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