Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Glades Hotel
Facing the railroad tracks directly in front of you was the Glades Hotel. Deriving its name from the nearby area called “Youghiogheny Glades,” the Glades Hotel was built in the mid-1850s by Perry Lyle directly across the tracks from the 1851 Oakland railroad station. John Dailey, who gradually extended it parallel to the tracks tripling its original length, purchased it in 1859. Among guests at the hotel were a number of railroad officials and, before the Civil War, U.S. Senator Jefferson Davis.
For a number of years railroad passenger trains did not have dining cars, and the Glades Hotel was one of the many regular stops along the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad where passengers could get a quick meal in the hotel's dining room.
During a raid by Confederate troops on the town of Oakland on Sunday, April 26, 1863, the Glades Hotel was the only building in town subject to cannon fire. The troops had information that an injured Union officer was recuperating in the hotel so they fired a cannon shot down the rail line toward the hotel from the Second
After Garrett became a county in 1872, visiting Circuit Court judges used the old and later the new Glades Hotel as a place to hold court until a regular courthouse was built in 1877. The original Glades Hotel burned to the ground in 1874, but in the same year a new version was built east of the old location in the area now occupied by the Town of Oakland parking lot.
Mr. John Dailey continued to manage the new Glades Hotel until his death in 1881. John Brant, a long time employee, then assumed management until it finally closed in the early 1900s. The building was torn down for the lumber in 1908.
Erected by The Town of Oakland, Maryland.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Railroads & Streetcars • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O), and the Maryland, Town of Oakland series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 26, 1869.
Location. 39° 24.582′ N, 79° 24.51′ W. Marker is in OaklandTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakland MD 21550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroad Street (a few steps from this marker); Garrett Memorial Church (within shouting distance of this marker); 1938 McCormick-Deering Farmall F14 & 1942 John Deere (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Campaign (within shouting distance of this marker); 1920 Baldwin Steam Locomotive (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
1. "Stonewall Jackson's Way" & Ben Hur
At the Glades Hotel, William C. Palmer wrote all but the last verse of the song "Stonewall Jackson's Way" on September 16, 1962. Lew Wallace stayed here while he was writing "Ben Hur."
— Submitted September 26, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 1, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 3,248 times since then and 59 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 18, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2, 3. submitted on August 1, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 26, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.