Funkstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Building the Funkstown Bridge
This bridge, finished in 1823, is perhaps the oldest one over Antietam Creek. Irish immigrant laborers made up the construction crew. Many worked on the road to pay off the cost of their passage from the old country, what they called “working to pay off the dead horse.” The “great brigade” of Irish leveling the roadway and breaking rocks caused one traveler to comment that they were "building a roadway good enough for any emperor to travel over...”
Workers at a local dye factory regularly taunted the immigrants. One St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish workers marched into town to avenge the insults. Local militia from Hagerstown and Funkstown arrived to keep the peace. The worst injury was “a wound by the kick of a horse.”
The Bridge was widened in 1931 with the addition of a concrete facade on the side that faces you. The original stone facing remains on the opposite side.
“The trolley from Hagerstown brings holiday-makers who row on the creek and make picnics along its banks....In summer the water is alive with craft...and there is a continual hum of laughter and cheerful voices.”
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 36.724′ N, 77° 42.612′ W. Marker is in Funkstown, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on North Westside Avenue / Old National Road (Alternate U.S. 40), on the left. Touch for map. Located in the American Legion Post 211 parking lot, behind the hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 North Westside Avenue, Funkstown MD 21734, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. M3A1 Light Tank (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Funkstown Bridge No. 2 (about 700 feet away); Civil War Hospital Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baltimore Street (approx. ¼ mile away); Keller Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Gen. Robert E. Lee (approx. 0.3 miles away); This Plot is Dedicated to Public Use (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Funkstown (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Funkstown.
More about this marker. The marker has a picture of the bridge as it looked in the early 20th Century, “Electric powered trolleys running between Funkstown and Hagerstown began crossing the bridge in 1901.
Also see . . . The Stone Bridges of Washington County, Maryland. (Submitted on August 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Roads & Vehicles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,067 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 6, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 4. submitted on February 19, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 5. submitted on March 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 6. submitted on January 17, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.