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

George Washington

 
 
George Washington Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
1. George Washington Marker
Inscription.  
On his way to Philadelphia
Friday July 1, 1791
stopped in this building
known as
Cookerly's Tavern.

 
Erected 1932 by Frederick, MD. Chapter D.A.R.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Patriots & Patriotism. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the George Washington Slept Here series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is July 1, 1791.
 
Location. 39° 33.835′ N, 77° 17.782′ W. Marker is in New Midway, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is on Woodsboro Pike (State Highway 194) 0.1 miles south of Renner Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Midway MD 21775, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Col. Joseph Wood (approx. 2.1 miles away); Site of the Slagle Inn (approx. 2.1 miles away); Stuart's Horse Raid of 1862 (approx. 2.3 miles away); The Union Advance to Gettysburg
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(approx. 2.3 miles away); Old Frederick Road (approx. 4.3 miles away); Middleburg (approx. 4½ miles away); “Terra Rubra” (approx. 4.7 miles away); Army of the Potomac (approx. 4.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  How Whiskey Almost Started a War. An article which briefly discusses George Washington's stay at the tavern. Washington was on his way to York, and also nearby Terra Rubra, to bid farewell to the Maryland troops. (Submitted on June 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. George Washington's Diary -
“Friday, July 1, – received an address from the inhabitants of Fredericktown, and about 7 o’clock left it—dined at one Cookerly’s, thirteen miles off, and lodged at Taneytown, only twelve miles farther, being detained at the first stage by rain and to answer the address which had been presented to me in the morning.”
    — Submitted January 3, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

2. Cookerly's Tavern - During the War of 1812
On January 20, 1814, months before the British burned Washington,
Marker and Tavern image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
2. Marker and Tavern
the Uniontown Engine of Liberty and Uniontown Advertiser reported that “Agreeable to public notice given for the Celebration of the late Victories of the Allied Armies over Bonaparte, a large and respectable number of citizens of Frederick county and elsewhere, convened at Mr. Peter Cookerly’s Tavern in Taney-Town; after enjoying an elegant Dinner, ... the following toasts were given...” among the 40 toasts listed one was to "James Madison, President - ’tis mortifying to think what he was, ’tis infamy in the extreme to see what he now is - the tool of a bloody tyrant - the author of a wicked and wasteful War, conducted with extreme folly, and ending in extreme disgrace." The "Allied Armies" that beat Napoleon were allied with the British not the US.
    — Submitted January 3, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
 
The Tavern image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 28, 2008
3. The Tavern
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,063 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 29, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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