Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Commercial Hotel and the William James Hotel
Mrs. Miller and her daughters ran the new hotel for nearly three decades, enjoying a reputation for their exquisite meals and gracious hospitality. One guest, who spent Christmas at the hotel in 1911,
Upon the death of Mrs. Miller in 1924 the hotel was taken over by her grandson, William Davis, and Mr. James Towler. At that time the name was changed to the "William James Hotel". This hotel was considerably enlarged over the years and continued to enjoy a top-notch reputation. In 1963 the hotel was torn down to create space for the First National Bank building.
The original Commercial House which once stood on the present site, and was vacated in 1895, was reopened in 1899 by Mrs. J.T. Browning, who then named it the Browning Hotel. In later years this building became the private residence of Mr. Harland Jones and his sister, Miss Grace Jones. It was subsequently converted to an apartment house, and ultimately torn down in 1996.
Erected by Oakland, Maryland.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Maryland, Town of Oakland series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1985.
Location. 39° 24.672′ N, 79° 24.405′ W. Marker is in Oakland, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker is on North 2nd Street just north of East Center Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6 North 2nd Street, Oakland MD 21550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Loar Mansion (a few steps from this marker); In Memory of Rev. John A. Grant (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oakland (about 600 feet away); 1938 McCormick-Deering Farmall F14 & 1942 John Deere (about 600 feet away); Gettysburg Campaign (about 700 feet away); 1884 Oakland Train Station (about 700 feet away); The Opera House (about 700 feet away); Our Benefactors (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 144 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 5, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2. submitted on June 7, 2022, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.