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Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Oak Hill

 
 
Oak Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 1, 2020
1. Oak Hill Marker
Inscription.  During the Civil War period, the area now known as "Oak Hill" was a large estate called "Settled in Time" and was the home of James H. and Sarah Grove. The Groves sold the estate in November 1868 to William T. Hamilton, a former congressman and future U.S. Senator (1869-1875) and Governor of Maryland (1880-1884). When Governor Hamilton died in 1888, ownership was inherited by his wife, Clara Holmes Jenness Hamilton. The Hamiltons built large Gothic Victorian additions to the Grove mansion, which is now located at 821 The Terrace.

Mrs. Hamilton and her daughter Julia Briscoe (1862-1937) were proponents of the "Garden City" movement which began in England around 1898. In a time before women secured the right to vote, Mrs. Hamilton annexed the tract into the City in 1905 and designed Oak Hill beginning in 1909 as a "garden suburb." This "garden suburb" created a walk-to-work community on the edge of town with gracious tree-lined streets, large front lawns, curved streets and common park areas. Oak Hill was one of the first garden suburbs designed in America. Strict covenants about minimum home size and cost, unsightly outbuildings and
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other issues were recorded and Mrs. Hamilton retained an easement on all of the trees lining the streets.

The Oak Hill Historic District was entered into the National Register of Historic Places on September 18, 1987.
 
Erected by The Hamilton Family Foundation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & SettlersWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is September 18, 1987.
 
Location. 39° 39.116′ N, 77° 42.754′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Oak Hill Avenue and Prospect Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Oak Hill Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 720 Oak Hill Avenue, Hagerstown MD 21742, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Edward Oswald, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Hagerstonians in the Civil War (approx. 0.2 miles away); 474 North Potomac Street (approx. ¼ mile away); 468 North Potomac Street (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Hagerstonians in the Civil War (approx. ¼ mile away); Corporal William Othello Wilson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Buffalo Soldiers
Oak Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), March 1, 2020
2. Oak Hill Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); African Americans and the Medal of Honor (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 2, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 341 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 2, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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