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

Mount Prospect

Nathanial Rochester House

 
 
Mount Prospect Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
1. Mount Prospect Marker
Inscription.  This is the original site of "Mount Prospect," also known as "The Rochester House." Nathanial Rochester built the house in 1789 on ground which once belonged to Jonathan Hager, the founder of Hagerstown.

The home was used as a "way station" during the Civil War for battlefield casualties from both the North and South. One of the wounded soldiers treated there was Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., who fought at the Battle of Antietam. He later became a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Rochester, formerly a colonel in the Continental Army, was the owner of a nail and lock factory, the first president of the Hagerstown Bank, a member of the state legislature, a postmaster, a sheriff, and a Judge of the Washington County Court. In 1810, he left Hagerstown leading a caravan of settlers to the Genesse Valley where he founded Rochester, New York.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1789.
 
Location. 39° 38.613′ N, 77° 43.482′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland, in Washington
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County. Marker is on South Prospect Street near West Washington Street (U.S. 40), on the right when traveling south. Located in a parking area across the street from the Presbyterian Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hagerstonians in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Treatment of the Wounded (within shouting distance of this marker); Hagerstonians In The Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hagerstonians in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Hagerstonians In The Civil War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Cumberland Valley Railroad (about 300 feet away); 102 South Prospect Street (about 400 feet away); St. John's Church (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker are photos of the West Washington Street view of Mount Prospect, another Looking up South Prospect Street, and a 1860's drawing of Mount Prospect by an unknown artist.
 
Mount Prospect Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
2. Mount Prospect Marker
Mural in the Parking Lot Depicting Mount Prospect image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, July 5, 2009
3. Mural in the Parking Lot Depicting Mount Prospect
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,226 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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