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Grantsburg in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West

Garrett County, Maryland

 
 
Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Marker image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, June 17, 2019
1. Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Marker
(Duplicate marker at east end of bridge.)
Inscription.  
(Logo for Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West, Garrett County) (7 small color images of structures and landscapes. 1 large color image of the Cassleman River Bridge.)

Transportation

Transportation features include Garrett County's Indian Trails, the National Road, and the Casselman Bridge. It also includes railroads and waterways, which all contributed to the cultural landscapes and settlement patterns of Maryland's western frontier. Located in the northern part of Garrett County, I-68 and Maryland Alternate Route 40 provide access to the sites and structures along the historic National Road. This also was the area where General Edward Braddock marched the British Army during the French and Indian War. Important resource connections include:
• Oakland B&O Museum
• Garrett County Transportation Museum
• Grantsville Museum & National Road Inns, Casselman River Bridge,
• Braddock Campsites—Historical Markers
• Penn Alps

Historic Recreation
Garrett County has a legacy as one of Maryland's most significant recreational areas, even dating back prior to the 20th

Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Marker (Upper half) image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, June 17, 2019
2. Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Marker (Upper half)
(Duplicate marker at east end of bridge.)
century. It's natural beauty and resources inspired Native Americans, early settlers, and people from all walks of life including American presidents and prominent historical figures. Lavish resorts flourished throughout the county and today, Deep Creek Lake is still the summer home of several celebrities, drawing visitors from a wide region. Explore Garrett County's many historic recreation resources!
• Hiking & Biking Trails
• Skiing—Downhill & Cross Country,
• White Water Rafting
• Deep Creek Lake.

Cultural Uniqueness

The unique climate and terrain of Maryland's western frontier creates a type of isolation in terms of cultural development. Since Garrett's first European settlers, the landscape has appealed to varied ethnic groups, mostly from Northern Europe. Sites relating to this theme recount the lives of various cultural groups that settled and have remained in the area. For example, isolation and natural beauty enticed Amish and Mennonite settlers into the area in the 19th century, searching for religious freedom. In addition, The Appalachian mountain culture itself is very unique, having developed its own food and drink, styles of music, and many other cultural characteristics that have interest for tourists. Garrett County is located within the larger footprint of the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area.
• Cranesville
Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Marker (Lower half) image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, June 17, 2019
3. Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Marker (Lower half)
Sub-Artic Swamp
• Highland Festival
• Spruce Forest Artisan Village
• Duntrussen Farm/Pleasant Valley Dream Rides—Amish Dairy Farm

Man and Nature

Highlighting the unique natural resources which Garrett County has continually acknowledged and respected including coal, timber, and agriculture. In particular, the County has a unique landscape because it marks the Eastern Continental Divide in Maryland, which Lewis and Clark braved on their expedition across the country. Garrett also has a unique agricultural legacy that comprises many diverse cultural groups. These aspects testify to Garrett County's keen understanding of nature as a partner for humankind instead of an impediment. A rich farming history combines with many distinct cultures to create a farm-landscape unlike any other in Maryland. This includes rolling hills and breathtaking valleys in a patchwork of cultivated fields. These beautiful agricultural areas are located everywhere in Garrett County but the best place to see their beauty is off the main roads.
• 6 State Parks & 3 State Forests
• 150 miles of Scenic Byways
• Coal Heritage Talks available at Garrett College Library: Kitzmiller & Shallmar
• Barn Quilt Tours
• Working Farms Tours
• Stanton's Mill
Gateway to the West

The overarching theme in the Heritage Area
National Road marker at east end of bridge. image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, June 17, 2019
4. National Road marker at east end of bridge.
(Attached to the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West marker.)
is Garrett County's relationship to the opening and development of America's western frontier in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In fact Garrett County is Maryland's Gateway to the West and at one time in the past, it was one of the country's main gateways for travelers and settlers. The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area is best characterized by its Transportation, Historic Recreation, and Culturally Unique resources.

(9 small color images of structures and landscapes.

(Logo for Maryland Heritage Area)

Maryland Heritage Area Authority

To get more information about the sites, activities and museums mentioned here visit:
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
15 Visitors Center Drive
McHenry, MD 21541
301-387-4386
www.garrettjheritage.com

(Logo for the Deep Creek Lake Area, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce)
 
Erected by Maryland Heritage Area Authority, Deep Creek Lake Area, Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.
 
Location. 39° 41.766′ N, 79° 8.693′ W. Marker is in Grantsburg, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker can be reached from National Pike (Route Alt-40) 0.3 miles from Patton Lane, on the left when traveling east. At the south
Casselman River Bridge. Image taken from east end of bridge. image. Click for full size.
National Park Service, Thomas Stone National Historic Site, June 17, 2019
5. Casselman River Bridge. Image taken from east end of bridge.
end of the row of parking spaces before reaching the west end of Casselman River Bridge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10240 National Pike, Grantsville MD 21536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Casselman River Bridge State Park (here, next to this marker); The Little Crossings (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Casselman River Bridge (about 500 feet away); Glotfelty House (about 700 feet away); Winterburg House (about 700 feet away); Castleman’s River Bridge (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Casselman River Bridge State Park (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grantsburg.
 
More about this marker. (Duplicate marker located at west end of bridge.)
 
Also see . . .
1. Casselman River Bridge State Park, Maryland Department of Natural Resources. (Submitted on June 24, 2019.)
2. Spruce Forest Artisan Village. (Submitted on June 24, 2019.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraEnvironmentSettlements & Settlers
 
Casselman River Bridge State Park Marker at east end of bridge. image. Click for full size.
By David Lassman, June 17, 2019
6. Casselman River Bridge State Park Marker at east end of bridge.
(Attached to the Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Marker.)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 24, 2019. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 24, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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