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Stonebraker and Harbaugh Shafer Building

 
 
Stonebraker and Harbaugh Shafer Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, October 12, 2021
1. Stonebraker and Harbaugh Shafer Building Marker
Inscription.  This Federal brick house and store was built by Samuel Harbaugh ca. 1829. Stonebraker & Harbaugh Mercantile operated until the building was purchased by Peter Shafer in 1858. In 1862, the 2nd floor served as a hospital after the battles of South Mountain and Antietam. The store was ransacked in 1864, and Shafer paid a ransom demanded by General Jubal Early-saving Middletown from destruction. After the war, William Rudy operated the 2nd floor as Rudy’s Hall providing “Entertainments” and serving as town hall. During the 20th c. the Daniel Shafer family lived in the house with the store rooms serving as Middletown’s first lending library and post office.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentIndustry & CommerceWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1829.
 
Location. 39° 26.63′ N, 77° 32.818′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on West Main Street (Alternate U.S. 40) near South Jefferson Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100-104 West Main Street, Middletown MD 21769, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Middletown in the Path of War (a few steps from this marker); Advance, Retreat, and Refuge in Middletown (within shouting distance of this marker); Middletown (within shouting distance of this marker); In Commemoration (within shouting distance of this marker); 29 West Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Middletown (within shouting distance of this marker); Middletown in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); 31 West Main Street (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
 
Stonebraker and Harbaugh Shafer Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, October 12, 2021
2. Stonebraker and Harbaugh Shafer Building Marker
Stonebraker and Harbaugh Shafer Building Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, October 12, 2021
3. Stonebraker and Harbaugh Shafer Building Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2021, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2021, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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