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

Ye Olde Ostertag-Easterday Homestead

 
 
Ye Olde Ostertag-Easterday Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2017
1. Ye Olde Ostertag-Easterday Homestead Marker
Inscription. This house, built in the 'mid 1700's, is a typical pioneer log homestead house built in this area by early German settlers. the location of such early homes was very important as it helped to provide the many necessities for their existence. For example, a spring is in the basement, or nearby, which is a dependable source of water, essential for their needs, even if under the attack of Indians. The spring for this house is on the north side of the house and continues to this day to serve as the water source for this property. The basement of this house contains a 'pioneer refrigerator' in the form of a spring run-off trough which maintains a constant 51 degrees F, or the temperature of ground water in this area. Foods to be refrigerated were placed in heavy earthen jars and submerged the the water for cooling. Milk, butter and other perishables produced on this farm were effectively cooled in this manner until electricity became available, here in the 1940's. Watercress, a common food for early Americans, can be found in the spring branch, or stream, after leaving the basement of the house. Of course, the fireplace served as the central heating system, fired by wood, which was abundant in the area.

The old German Ostertag-Easterday Family Bible, sometimes on display in the house, was printed on the Guttenburg Press in 1765
Ye Olde Ostertag-Easterday Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2017
2. Ye Olde Ostertag-Easterday Homestead Marker
in Germany and brought to America in the mid 1700's by our Ostertag (Easterday) family immigrants.

Thank You -- The Easterdays
 
Location. 39° 33.431′ N, 77° 34.12′ W. Marker is in Myersville, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker can be reached from Easterday Road. Touch for map. At Easterday Vistas. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11847 Easterday Road, Myersville MD 21773, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The First Churches of Western Maryland (approx. 2.4 miles away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 2.8 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 2.8 miles away); The National Road (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Bill Pate Portal (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Dwight D. Eisenhower Highway (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named The National Road (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myersville.
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
The Ostertag-Easterday Homestead, circa 1750 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2017
3. The Ostertag-Easterday Homestead, circa 1750
The Spring image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2017
4. The Spring
The Spring Run-off Trough image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2017
5. The Spring Run-off Trough
In the basement.
Cottage Sweet Cottage image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2017
6. Cottage Sweet Cottage
Inside the homestead.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 10, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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