Emmitsburg in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Sacred Mountain Sanctuary
Hearty settlers like William Elder found a “heavenly” setting in this picturesque landscape that would come to be known as St. Mary’s Mount. Tradition says that the first mass took placed in Elder’s home in 1745. Sixty years later, a French émigré named John Dubois came to this area with instructions to build a Catholic seminary on Catoctin’s face. Elizabeth Ann Seton arrived shortly thereafter in 1809, creating a religious community of women and the parochial school system.
In 1785, resident Samuel Emmit entered into an agreement with neighbors to sell land lots to create a market center for surrounding farmsteads. Fittingly the village would take the name of Emmitsburg and quickly became known as the most productive wheat-growing area in the nation.
The former St. Joseph’s College is now the site of the National Fire Academy and features a national memorial dedicated to those fire and rescue professionals who lost their lies in the line of duty.
Erected by Catoctin Mountain Town & Communities.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Education • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1634.
Location. 39° 42.507′ N, 77° 18.83′ W. Marker is in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Catocin Mountain Highway (U.S. 15), in the median. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Mason-Dixon Visitor Center, Emmitsburg MD 21727, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Emmitsburg (here, next to this marker); Emmitsburg Longrifles (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Emmitsburg (a few steps from this marker); Thurmont (within shouting distance of this marker); a different Thurmont (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Operation Urgent Fury and Lebanese Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Persian Gulf Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emmitsburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 12, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 12, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 2, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.