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

Edgewood

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, November 8, 2015
1. Edgewood Marker
Inscription.  The success of miller James H. Gambrill became apparent when he built Edgewood, the grand house on the hill. When it was constructed around 1872, the brick, three-story Second Empire style house was one of the largest single-family residences in Frederick County. With 17 rooms and seven fireplaces, the house was richly finished with Italian marble mantles and features a three-story central hall with a grand staircase. Other sophisticated innovations for the time included a coal-burning furnace, a cooking range, gas lamps, and hot and cold running water. Unfortunately, to avoid financial ruin, Gambrill was forced to sell Edgewood and the mill in 1897.

Today the Gambrill House is home to the administrative headquarters of the National Park Service's Historic Preservation Training Center. Founded in 1977, the center is tasked with developing the craft skills of National Park Service employees who preserve and maintain the thousands of historic structures in the National Park System, including Jefferson Memorial, Abraham Lincoln's Boyhood Home, C&O Canal, Fort McHenry, and the USS Cairo ironclad gunboat .
 
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By Allen C. Browne, November 8, 2015
2. Edgewood Marker
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Location. 39° 22.008′ N, 77° 23.195′ W. Marker is in Frederick, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Urbana Pike. At Gambrill's Mill on the Monocacy Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4823 Urbana Pike, Frederick MD 21704, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monocacy Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); A Bold Plan (within shouting distance of this marker); Gambrill Mill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monocacy National Battlefield (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Monocacy National Battlefield (about 300 feet away); Retreat (about 800 feet away); Bush Creek Crossing (about 800 feet away); Burning the Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frederick.
 
More about this marker. This marker replaces a marker entitled “Gambrill House”.
 
Also see . . .
1. Gambrill House (Edgewood). NPS, Monocacy National Battlefield (Submitted on November 11, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 

2. Gambrill House (Boscobel). Maryland Inventory of Historic Places, file number F-7-058, 4801 Urbana Pike (MD 355) (Submitted on November 11, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Gambrill House image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 8, 2015
3. Gambrill House
Also known as Edgewood and Boscobel.
Close-up of photo on marker
The Gambrill Family<br>At Edgewood image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 8, 2015
4. The Gambrill Family
At Edgewood
Close-up of photo on marker
Preservation image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 8, 2015
5. Preservation
Historic Preservation Training Center Exhibit Specialists carefully guide an original Cairo cannon tube into place on a new reconstructed gun carriage on the USS Cairo exhibit at Vicksburg National Military Park.
Close-up of photo on marker
Edgewood image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 8, 2015
6. Edgewood
Edgewood image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 8, 2015
7. Edgewood
Edgewood image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 8, 2015
8. Edgewood
Gambrill House image. Click for full size.
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9. Gambrill House
Perspective View of Northeast Side Elevation, Looking West
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 393 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on November 11, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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