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“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)
 

The Apple Industry

Western Maryland Rail Trail

 
 
The Apple Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 24, 2016
1. The Apple Industry Marker
Inscription. For well over one hundred years the Hancock area has been at the heart of the Maryland Apple Industry. At the first part of the 20th Century, the gently rolling hills and vast open territories hosted over twelve major orchards. Some of the more noteworthy companies included J.A. Cohill, R.M. Daniels, John T. Mason, Glenn Allen, The Marvania Orchards and the Ridgefield Fruit Farms.

One of the largest producers, the American Fruit Growers, once claimed to have harvested 75,000 barrels of apples annually.

At this site, you can see the remains of a foundation that once was a packing shed. Typical construction was a wood framed and sided structure resting on a stone or concrete foundation. This packing shed was located next to a siding track, where apples could be sorted, packed, and loaded onto waiting freight cars.

Today, the apple industry in the Hancock area, as well as the Western Maryland Railway, is a memory of times past, but not forgotten.

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Harvest time at the Brook Farm on Roundtop Road
Harvest time at the Cohill Orchard near Hancock
 
Erected by Western Maryland Rail Trail.
 
Location. 39° 38.894′ N, 78° 14.984′ W. Marker is near Hancock
Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, July 24, 2016
2. Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT)
, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Willow Road and Seavolt Road, on the left when traveling south. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Washington Heritage Trail (approx. 1.8 miles away in West Virginia); Berkeley Springs Baths (approx. 1.8 miles away in West Virginia); Berkeley Springs Sanitarium (approx. 1.8 miles away in West Virginia); a different marker also named Washington Heritage Trail (approx. 1.8 miles away in West Virginia); Engagement at Great Cacapon (approx. 1.8 miles away in West Virginia); Prospect Peak (approx. 1.9 miles away in West Virginia); Sir John's Run (approx. 1.9 miles away in West Virginia); Centennial Time Capsule (approx. 1.9 miles away in West Virginia).
 
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.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on July 26, 2016.
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