“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Grantsville in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


A Heritage of Hospitality

— The Historic National Road - The Road That Built The Nation —

Grantsville – A Heritage of Hospitality Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 11, 2006
1. Grantsville – A Heritage of Hospitality Marker
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Inscription.  When the National Road came through here in 1815, this settlement was a half mile away along the old Braddock Road. This “New Grantsville” developed just west of the Casselman Bridge, completed a few years earlier. About a dozen buildings were moved from “Old Grantsville” to take advantage of the new road and the prosperity it would bring.

Entrepreneurs built several hotels, allowing weary travelers to rest. The National Hotel opened its doors right across the street, at the center of town, in 1837. The Casselman Drovers Inn followed in 1842. Between 1843 and 1852, as many as 14 stagecoaches a day were rolling through in both directions.

As late as 1892, a traveler staying nearby noted “there would be thirty-six horse teams, one hundred Kentucky mules, one thousand hogs and as many fat cattle in adjoining fields. The music made by this large number of hogs eating corn on a frosty night I will never forget.”

(photograph legends)
    The Casselman Hotel, 1907, located just east of here. Driving sheep, cattle, geese and even turkeys to the big city markets in the east,
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hearty drovers welcomed the inn's large pens and corrals as well as hot food and a real bed after a long day on the National Road. Open since 1824, the Inn still welcomes travelers.
    Henry Fuller built the National Hotel, the finest in Grantsville, in 1837. The hotel, which survived until 1984, was still a popular stop when this photograph was taken in 1909.
    Grantsville, with the Victoria Hotel on the left, c. 1912, by Leo Beachy. Grantsvlle was lucky to have a gifted photographer in Leo Beachy (1874–1927), who was a lifelong resident of the town.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the The Historic National Road series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1815.
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 39° 41.811′ N, 79° 9.426′ W. Marker was in Grantsville, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker was at the intersection of Main Street (Alternate U.S. 40) and Bittinger Road (Maryland Route 495), on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Marker is just off I-68 Exit 19. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Grantsville MD 21536, United States of America.

We have been informed that this sign or monument is no longer there and will not be replaced. This page is an archival view of what was.
Main Street Looking East, Marker is on the Right image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, August 11, 2006
2. Main Street Looking East, Marker is on the Right

Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The National Road (here, next to this marker); Leo J. Beachy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Casselman Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Traveling the National Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); Early Inns (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grantsville.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,223 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 11, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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