Middletown in Frederick County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“Middle of What?”
That valley, with its rich argriculture, gave the town a ready marker from the start. When the National Road came through in the early 1800's, Middletown became a welcome respite between two steep mountain ridges. Harness, blacksmith and carriage shops joined the tavers and hotels that serviced the parade of travelers passing on Main Street. Locals began to refer to their street as "the main road from Baltimore to the western states." The "main road" also brought several Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Middletown was ransomed from Confederate General Jubal Early in 1864 for the grand sum of $1,500.
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
Location. 39° 26.63′ N, 77° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 West Main Street, Middletown MD 21769, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Middletown (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Middletown (here, next to this marker); Appleman's Tannery (a few steps from this marker); Middletown in the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Joshua Beckwith House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
More about this marker. One of a series of American Byways markers entitled "The Historic National Road. The Road that Built the Nation."
Also see . . . Middletown – “Middle of What?”. PDF version of this marker (Submitted on March 12, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,884 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 25, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. 4. submitted on July 23, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. 5. submitted on August 9, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.