Grantsville in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Leo J. Beachy
Photographing the National Road
Leo J. Beachy (1874–1927) left us a special legacy. One of seven children raised on a farm named Mt. Nebo, he lived in these mountains all his life. He enjoyed drawing pictures and began his career as a teacher. At thirty-one, he found his real calling.
“What induced me to take up photography was that I wanted our home photographer to go to that old log school where I taught my first school and take some pictures of it and the great hills lying about it and the rocky Savage River. He never got the pictures for me.”
For the next two decades, Beachy lovingly chronicled the mountains, the villages and the travelers who passed on the National Road. He was stricken with multiple sclerosis and, as he weakened, his sister Kate drove him and carried him to spots where he could work. Made on glass plates, there are 2500 of his distinctive photographs remaining, a priceless record of a lost era on the National Road.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 41.808′ N, 79° 9.36′ W. Marker is in Grantsville, Maryland, in Garrett County Click for map. It is in front of the old Bank building. Marker is in this post office area: Grantsville MD 21536, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grantsville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Traveling the National Road (approx. ¼ mile away); Early Inns (approx. ¼ mile away); The Little Crossings (approx. 0.6 miles away); Casselman River Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grantsville.
More about this marker. Another “The Historic National Road. The Road that Built the Nation” America's Byways marker.
Also see . . .
1. Images of Bygone Appalachia. Photographic remnants and the arduous life of Leo Beachy.
2. Leo Beachy Photo Gallery.
3. .pdf version of this marker.
Categories. • 20th Century • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,081 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.