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Emmitsburg in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Emmitsburg

Sacred Mountain Sanctuary

 
 
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By Larry Gertner, September 18, 2016
1. Emmitsburg - Sacred Mountain Sanctuary Marker
Inscription.  After playing host to native peoples for centuries, Catoctin Mountain has served (sic) home to European settlers since the 1730’s. (sic) Among the first to come to what was considered “the backlands of the province” were descendants of English Catholics who had founded Maryland in 1634 and who would establish a famous religious community and schools here.

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.

During
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By Larry Gertner, September 18, 2016
2. Emmitsburg - Sacred Mountain Sanctuary marker
Part of a triptych in the parking area of the Mason-Dixon Visitor Center.
the American Civil War, Catoctin Mountain screened the movements of the armies, while Emmitsburg served as a front line staging area and fall-back position during the nearby Battle of Gettysburg. Afterwards, many of the wounded were treated by Mother Seaton’s Daughters of Charity.

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.
 
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); Emmitsburg Korean War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Emmitsburg Operation Urgent Fury and Lebanese Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Emmitsburg Persian Gulf Memorial
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By Larry Gertner, September 18, 2016
3. Emmitsburg Marker
General town info on side two of the triptych.
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Emmitsburg Operation Just Cause Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Emmitsburg Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Emmitsburg.
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionColonial EraEducationWar, US Civil
 
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By Larry Gertner, September 18, 2016
4. Emmitsburg Marker
"Firetown U.S.A." on side 3 of the triptych.
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By Larry Gertner, September 18, 2016
5. Inset
Emmitsburg (undated)
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By Larry Gertner, September 18, 2016
6. Inset
Vintage scene of Main Street and Town Square featuring a four-tiered fountain originally installed in 1885 (and destroyed in 1927).
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By Larry Gertner, September 18, 2016
7. Emmitsburg Marker
A former resident of Emmitsburg, Elizabeth Ann Seaton (August 28, 1774 – January 4, 1821) was the first native-born citizen of the United States to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.
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By Larry Gertner, September 18, 2016
8. Inset
“Emmettsburg (sic), MD. Gen. Meade’s Army pursuing Gen. Lee” from a sketch by Edwin Forbes, in Frank Leslie’s The Soldier in Our Civil War, 1885.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 104 times since then. Photos:   1, 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.
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