Little Orleans in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Town Hill Overlook
The Beauty Spot of Maryland
Imagine a traveler’s delight when one came upon a service area with a gas station, a restaurant offering home cooked meals, and a place to stay. Visitors could see three states and seven counties from this overlook. Surrounded in the 1920s by apple orchards, tourists began to call this area the “Beauty Spot of Maryland.”
The Town Hill Hotel was one of the first to cater to the 20th century “pleasure traveler” along the old National Road. Hotels offering similar services were soon strategically placed on the tops of Sideling Hill, Green Ridge, Polish Mountain, Martins Mountain, Big Savage and Negro Mountains.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 41.866′ N, 78° 24.056′ W. Marker is in Little Orleans, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is on National Pike (U.S. 40), on the left when traveling west. This is Wayside 40 on the Historic National Road in Maryland. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31101 National Pike, Little Orleans MD 21766, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McCausland's Raid (approx. 3.1 miles away); John Mash Jr. (approx. 3.1 miles away); Pine Lick Trail (approx. 3.1 miles away); Log Roll Trail (approx. 3.2 miles away); Twin Oaks Trail (approx. 3.2 miles away); Long Pond Trail (approx. 3.2 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 6˝ miles away); Sideling Hill and Town Hill Mountains (approx. 6˝ miles away).
More about this marker. Reproductions of two old postcards on the lower portion of the marker are captioned, "Town Hill Hotel is the only 1920's hotel in this area that is still in business today. Note the old cars, gas pump, and driving warning." The background of the marker is "National Road at Fairview Inn" which is the standard for markers in this series. An elevation diagram of the national road is displayed on the bottom of the marker's face.
Also see . . . Town Hill Hotel. The hotel is still offering a haven for travelers. (Submitted on January 24, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,728 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on July 21, 2009, by Jacob Nevin of Bethesda, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 24, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.