Clear Spring in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Road Nurtures A Vision
The Historic National Road and Clear Spring
— The Historic National Road - The Road That Built The Nation —
In 1821, Martin Myers chose a site that straddled a “clear spring” at the foot of Fairview Mountain to lay out a village he called “Myersville.” Fifteen years later the town was called “Clear Spring” and its 700 thriving inhabitants provided services for travelers on the National Road. As many as twenty-four stagecoaches passed through the town each day. Seven hotels offered food and lodging—twelve cents a night for a bed shared by three strangers.
Twenty-five shoemakers, six tailors, four blacksmiths, three wheel wrights, three wagon makers, three saddlers and endless store keepers kept busy as the National Road flourished.
(sidebar) Special Delivery. In the early 1900’s J. Franklin Clopper hauled goods between Hagerstown and Clear Spring. In the summer he delivered ice to housewives who were churning butter or making ice cream. In 1914, he sold his horses and wagons and bought a two-ton Brockway truck for $2,000–the first truck in Clear Spring.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 39.406′ N, 77° 55.691′ W. Marker is in Clear Spring, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Cumberland Street (U.S. 40) and Mill Street (Maryland Route 68), on the right when traveling west on Cumberland Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clear Spring MD 21722, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Clear Spring (about 800 feet Fort Frederick (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clear Spring Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Vital Crossroads (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clear Spring.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,596 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 17, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.