Frostburg in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Braddock Stone, an early colonial highway marker, is named for British General Edward Braddock (1695—1755). During the early stages of the French and Indian War, General Braddock was dispatched to expel French forces from what is today southwestern Pennsylvania. An advance party of 600 British and colonial forces cleared and widened the old Indian trail laid out by Thomas Cresap and the Indian guide Nemacolin. General Braddock's main force of 1500 troops, including George Washington, followed with their wagons and armaments. The troops marched from Virginia through Western Maryland toward Fort Duquesne, just south of present day Pittsburgh. Before reaching the Fort, the French and their Indian companions launched a surprise attack against Braddock's forces. Although General Braddock was killed during the attack, George Washington led the survivors back to Fort Cumberland along the route now known as Braddock's Road. The Braddock stone provided travel distances to colonial settlers passing along the trail. The exact date and original location of the Braddock Stone are not known, however, records show that the marker was always
Why is the stone cut in half?
According to local legend, the DAR had plans to construct a pavilion to protect the Braddock Stone, but when they went to erect the structure, they discovered that the stone was missing! A local stonemason had taken the stone, cleaved it in half and used the pieces for steps to a building. After a lengthy search, the police located the stone and forced the stonemason to make repairs and return it to its previous location.
(Image of Braddock Stone with text reading "Mile Stone supposed to have been erected by Gen. Braddock".)
Photo from a John Kennedy Lacock article circa 1912 from the local paper.
(Image of shelter over Braddock Stone.)
Photo Courtesy of: The Frostburg Museum Collection, circa 1891-1898.
(Image of Braddock Stone with text reading "Milestone erected by Gen. Braddock", "Braddocks Rock Frostburg, MD" and "Emerson H. Miller Collection".)
Photo Courtesy of: Robert Bantz, Sr. Collection, undated.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Roads & Vehicles • War, French and Indian.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44 East Main Street, Frostburg MD 21532, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frost Graves (here, next to this marker); Frostburg (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Frostburg (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Naming of Frostburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frost Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Main (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Old Main (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frostburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2019. This page has been viewed 221 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on June 20, 2019. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 19, 2019. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.