“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Hancock in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Millstone & Moffet Station

Western Maryland Rail Trail

Millstone & Moffet Station Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 23, 2016
1. Millstone & Moffet Station Marker
Inscription. A small community originally called Millstone Point, but later changed to just Millstone, grew up along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Andrew Jackson (General and later U.S. President) met a committee from Hancock here. Harpers Monthly relates the following incident: "Some excavations were being made in the neighborhood and several blasts were fired in honor of the occasion as ‘Old Hickory’ approached. ‘Didn't the detonations alarm your horse, general?' inquired a solicitous committeeman. ‘No sir,' said Jackson emphatically; ‘My horse and I have heard a similar sort of music before’.”

During the Civil War several companies of the First Regiment Maryland Infantry were stationed at Millstone Point to protect the C&O Canal from Confederates. In 1909 Millstone was reported to have a population of 100 and a general store and post office, a harnessmaker, distiller, mason, several carpenters, a teacher and a blacksmith. There are also numerous farmers in the area.

The Moffet Station was constructed nearby when the Cumberland Extension of the Western Maryland Railway came through this location.

Millstone School, Photo courtesy of the Hancock Historical Society
Moffet Station, Photo courtesy of the Western Maryland Historical Society, Inc.
Erected by
Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 23, 2016
2. Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT)
Western Maryland Rail Trail.
Location. 39° 40.614′ N, 78° 5.371′ W. Marker is near Hancock, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Hollow Road south of Millstone Road (Maryland Route 615). Click for map. Located on the Western Maryland Rail Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Hancock MD 21750, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Little Pool (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Mills (approx. 2.8 miles away); Three Eras of Transportation Side by Side (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Historic Bowles House (approx. 3.7 miles away); A Work of Art (approx. 3.8 miles away); Railroad Siding & Coal Trestle (approx. 4.7 miles away); St. Thomas Episcopal Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 4.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Hancock.
Also see . . .
1. Western Maryland Rail Trail. Hancock Maryland Chamber of Commerce (Submitted on July 26, 2016.) 

2. Western Maryland Rail Trail. State of Maryland Department of Natural Resources (Submitted on July 26, 2016.) 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on July 26, 2016.
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