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Stronghold in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sugar Loaf Mountain

 
 
Sugar Loaf Mountain Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
1. Sugar Loaf Mountain Marker
Inscription.  Has been designated a registered natural landmark under the provisions of the historic sites act of August 21, 1935. This site possesses exceptional value in illustrating the natural history of the United States.
 
Erected 1969 by U.S. Department of the Interior / National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: LandmarksNatural Features. A significant historical year for this entry is 1935.
 
Location. 39° 15.094′ N, 77° 23.63′ W. Marker is in Stronghold, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Comus Road (Maryland Route 95) and Sugarloaf Mountain Road, on the right on Comus Road. On the left side of the entrance to Sugarloaf Mountain Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7901 Comus Road, Dickerson MD 20842, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sugarloaf Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Barnesville (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Barnesville (approx. 2.2 miles away); Mt. Ephraim Crossroads
The Marker is on a Boulder at the Park Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
2. The Marker is on a Boulder at the Park Entrance
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(approx. 2.4 miles away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 2.4 miles away); Comus Inn (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 2˝ miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 2˝ miles away).
 
More about this marker. Sugarloaf 3,300 acres is all located in Frederick County Maryland. Marker indicate "Sugar Loaf" but the mountain name is "Sugarloaf". GPS coordinates indicate that the marker is located in Dickerson, MD, which is in Montgomery County.
 
Also see . . .  Sugarloaf Mountain Park. (Submitted on July 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Additional commentary.
1. FDR and Sugarloaf
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt once had an eye to acquire the mountain as a presidential retreat, but was unable to secure an agreement. The Strong family was unwilling to part with the property.
    — Submitted July 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

2. Monadnock
Sugarloaf is an example of a monadnock, a geologic feature where a more resistant rock base is left behind as surrounding rock is eroded away. The mountain is mainly composed of quartzite, a harder rock than the sandstone frequently encountered in the area.
    — Submitted July 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

Sugarloaf Mountain Seen from the East image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
3. Sugarloaf Mountain Seen from the East
sectionheadg>3. Monocacy Aqueduct
Quartzite quarried here at Sugarloaf was used to construct the Monocacy Aqueduct on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal just south of the mountain.
    — Submitted July 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
 
Rock Outcroppings at the Summit image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 28, 2007
4. Rock Outcroppings at the Summit
Sugar Loaf Mountain Seen From The West image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 19, 2020
5. Sugar Loaf Mountain Seen From The West
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,888 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on May 19, 2012, by Christie Kefauver of Dickerson, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on March 7, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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