The First Reaping Machine
The first reaping machine in the world was invented by Jacob R. Thomas and tried near this spot in 1811. Obed Hussey perfected and patented the invention in 1839 one year prior to the McCormick reaper.
Erected by State Roads Commission.
Location. 39° 34.124′ N, 77° 11.148′ W. Marker is in Union Bridge, Maryland, in Carroll County. Marker is on W. Locust Street 0.4 miles west of Main Street (Maryland Route 75), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Union Bridge MD 21791, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Safety Follows Wisdom (approx. 0.4 miles away); World's First Reaping Machine (approx. half a mile away); Blue Ridge College Bell (approx. half a mile away); Union Bridge - Reynolds’ Last Journey (approx. half a mile away); Western Maryland Railway Honor Roll (approx. half a mile away); Elmer A. Wolfe High School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Birthplace of William Henry Rinehart (approx. 0.8 miles away); “Pipe Creek Meeting” (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Union Bridge.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,098 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on November 15, 2007, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.