Frostburg in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The National Road, Coal and Fancy Hotels
— The Road That Built The Nation —
The National Road has sustained Frostburg for almost two centuries. As the road was being surveyed in 1811, Josiah Frost began laying out lots. Businesses, serving passing stagecoaches and wagons, soon lined a developing Main Street.
By the 1850s, travel along the road was eclipsed by railroads and canals. The town's prosperity continued, however, with a lively trade in locally produced coal and fire bricks.
The Gladstone Hotel brought the big city to Frostburg in 1897. Bellboys greeted the guests and a New York chef impressed them with his culinary skills. There were a hundred rooms, a café and a barbershop. The fifth floor observatory allowed guests a view of the beautiful countryside. Tennis courts and a petting farm provided recreation and entertainment for guests and their children. The hotel was revived by the advent of the automobile, and its purchase by William Gunter. Today, the Gunter Hotel still welcomes travelers along the Historic National Road.
You can still see the cockfighting arena and a jail that William Gunter added to the hotel in 1903 to bring in a few extra
Frostburg's lively Main Street in the 1930s. The Gunter Hotel was a popular stop on the old National Road.
Erected by America's Byways; Maryland Heritage Area Authority.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Law Enforcement • Railroads & Streetcars • Roads & Vehicles • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the The Historic National Road series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1811.
Location. 39° 39.483′ N, 78° 55.742′ W. Marker is in Frostburg, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is on West Main Street (U.S. 40) west of South Water Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 38 W Main St, Frostburg MD 21532, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memoriam (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named In Memoriam (within shouting distance of this marker); The Memorial Window (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named In Memoriam (within shouting distance of this marker); Frost Graves (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Braddock Stone (about 600 feet away); St. Michael's Parish Hall (about 600 feet away); The Naming of Frostburg (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frostburg.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. This marker has replaced the linked marker, which had different subtitles.
Also see . . . The Jail in the Gunter Hotel, Frostburg, Maryland. Atlas Obscura article about the Gunter Hotel including photos. (Submitted on June 13, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.