Braddock Heights in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
If walls could talk..
It was also a political stomping ground where “cooping” commonly occurred, a practice “where politicians would lure all the poor white voters they could muster to the inn. There the election hopefuls would feed the voters the best food that they could, see that new poker playing cards were at hand, and make sure the whiskey glasses never went dry.” The voters were then taken quickly to cast their ballots.
(Sidebar): Braddockís Road
Long before the National Road, General Braddock marched through here, observing that western Maryland was “almost uninhabited, but by a parcel of banditti who call themselves Indian traders.” The roughhewn log ancestors of taverns like Hagenís were both Indian trading posts and primitive lodgings. One traveler complained that “I spent the night in a bed with four other godforsaken souls; never knowing whether I would get my pocket picked or be carried
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Marker series. This marker is included in the Braddockís Road and Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock, and the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 25.421′ N, 77° 29.609′ W. Marker is in Braddock Heights, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker is at the intersection of Old National Pike (Alternate U.S. 40) and Edgemont Road, on the right when traveling west on Old National Pike. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot for Hagenís Tavern. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5018 Old National Pike, Braddock Heights MD 21714, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. This Boulder Marks the National Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Braddock-Washington Monument (approx. 0.7 miles away); General Edward Braddock (approx. 1.6 miles away); Woodmere (approx. 2.5 miles away); Charlie Keller (approx. 2.9 miles away); Battle of Frederick (approx. 3 miles away); Christ Reformed Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); Middletown (approx. 3.1 miles away).
More about this marker. The background for the marker is “National Road at Fairview Inn” used on many of the National Road markers.
The sidebar has a drawing of Braddockís Army on the march through a mountain pass.
Also see . . . Hagan's Tavern, Old White House. National Register Form, F-3-15. MD-IHP.
The house may have been built as early as 1790 and is thought to have been a tavern operated by James Nixdorf. Architectural features of the tavern suggest conflicts with documentary evidence and oral tradition regarding dates, leaving open the possibility of construction between 1820-1830. By the 1830's, it was owned by John Hagan. His father Peter Hagan was described in Searight's The Old Pike: A History of the National Road (1894) as having a log tavern on the south side of the pike near the stone Wilding's location which was famed among wagoners on the road. The current owner (1993) of Hagan's Tavern, Mr. Mark McConnell, believes that the stone house may have operated concurrently with the log structure, eventually superseding it altogether. Research by Ann Lebherz in the Frederick County Historical Society revealed that the tavern was still a well-known drinking place during the Civil War and was "patronized" by both Confederate and Union troops in their passages through Frederick County . With the advent of the automobile, the tavern continued to operate and (Submitted on October 2, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
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