Grantsville in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Leo J. Beachy
Photographing the National Road
The Historic National Road - The Road That Built The Nation
Leo J. Beachy (1874–1927) left us a special legacy. One of seven children raised on a farm named Mt. Nebo, he lived in these mountains all his life. He enjoyed drawing pictures and began his career as a teacher. At thirty-one, he found his real calling.
“What induced me to take up photography was that I wanted our home photographer to go to that old log school where I taught my first school and take some pictures of it and the great hills lying about it and the rocky Savage River. He never got the pictures for me.”
For the next two decades, Beachy lovingly chronicled the mountains, the villages and the travelers who passed on the National Road. He was stricken with multiple sclerosis and, as he weakened, his sister Kate drove him and carried him to spots where he could work. Made on glass plates, there are 2500 of his distinctive photographs remaining, a priceless record of a lost era on the National Road.
Marker series. This marker is included The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 41.808′ N, 79° 9.36′ W. Marker is in Grantsville, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (Alternate U.S. 40) and Bank Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. It is in front of the old Bank building. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grantsville MD 21536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grantsville (was about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported permanently removed. ); The National Road (about 300 feet away); Casselman Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Traveling the National Road (approx. ¼ mile away); Early Inns (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grantsville.
More about this marker. Another “The Historic National Road. The Road that Built the Nation” America's Byways marker.
Also see . . .
1. Images of Bygone Appalachia. Photographic remnants and the arduous life of Leo Beachy. (Submitted on July 7, 2006.)
2. Leo Beachy Photo Gallery. (Submitted on July 7, 2006.)
3. .pdf version of this marker. (Submitted on October 6, 2007, by Jakub Kaluzny of Rockville, Maryland.)
Categories. • 20th Century • Roads & Vehicles •
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,318 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 7, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.