Frederick in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Jug Bridge Monument
When it was learned that French General Lafayette was planning to visit the United States in 1824, a committee of citizens invited the General to visit Frederick, since many local men had served under his command during the Revolution. Lafayette accepted. He arrived on December 24, 1824, and was met by Fredericktonians on the Monocacy Bridge just outside of town.
Among those present to greet him were the Mayor, several members of Congress, and local Revolutionary War hero Sergeant Lawrence Everhart, who had rescued Lafayette during the Battle of Brandywine. Lawrence Everhart was born in Germany in 1755, but lived most of his life in the Middletown area. He was referred to as the “bravest of the brave.”
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° Click for map. Just west of the overpass of I-70 / U.S. 40. In a pull off area between the interstate, Bowman Road, and Patrick Street. Marker is in this post office area: Frederick MD 21705, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jug Bridge (here, next to this marker); General LaFayette (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lower Depot Neighborhood / The Frederick Brick Works (approx. 1.2 miles away); Gen. Bradley T. Johnson (approx. 1.3 miles away); “The Great Baby Waker” (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hessian Barracks - Witness to History (approx. 1.4 miles away); The National Road (approx. 1.4 miles away); These Barracks (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Frederick.
Regarding Jug Bridge Monument. Much of the marker has weathered badly. A drawing of a “Medallion designed by James Pearl, 1964” honoring the Jug Bridge is on the left side. Portraits of General Lafayette and Sergeant Lawrence Everhart are on the right.
Also see . . .
1. Jug Bridge Monument (Submitted on September 5, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Biography of Lafayette. Includes details of his four trips across the Atlantic to America. (Submitted on September 5, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Lawrence Everhart's Revolutionary War. Of note, this source does not mention any interaction between Lafayette and Everhart at Brandywine, stating the two became acquainted at Yorktown, however. Regardless, the story of Lawrence's day at the Battle of Cowpens is remarkable. (Submitted on September 5, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • War, US Revolutionary •
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