“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Oldtown in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Old Town

(King Opessa’s Town)

Old Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
1. Old Town Marker
Inscription. Fording place for “Great Warriors Path” from New York to the South. Thomas Cresap built stockade fort here in 1741 used as a refuge during French and Indian War after Braddock’s defeat. George Washington was here on his first visit to Maryland 1748 and often thereafter.
Erected by the State Roads Commission.
Marker series. This marker is included in the George Washington Slept Here marker series.
Location. 39° 32.516′ N, 78° 36.39′ W. Marker is in Oldtown, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is at the intersection of Oldtown Road (Maryland Route 51) and Opessa Street, on the right when traveling east on Oldtown Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oldtown MD 21555, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Michael Cresap (approx. ¼ mile away); Maryland’s Liberty Tree (approx. 0.3 miles away); Breaking Through a Mountain
Old Town Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
2. Old Town Marker
(approx. 7.7 miles away); Washington Heritage Trail (approx. 8 miles away in West Virginia); Paw Paw (approx. 8 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oldtown.
Regarding Old Town. Now called Oldtown, it has what is one of the few, and perhaps the smallest, privately owned toll bridge in the country, The Oldtown Low-Water Toll Bridge. This one-lane wooden-decked bridge without railings is used to cross the Potomac river into West Virginia—but only when the water doesn't top it. It is said that “an Act of Congress” prevents other bridges from being built within 5 miles upstream or downstream. Toll is 50 cents each way.

The C&O Canal passes between Oldtown and the river. There are picnic areas, ball fields, and plenty of parking.

Oldtown is the oldest town in Allegeny County.
Also see . . .  Historic Oldtown. (Submitted on July 21, 2006.)
Categories. Bridges & ViaductsRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWar, French and Indian
Oldtown Low-Water Toll Bridge image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 7, 2006
3. Oldtown Low-Water Toll Bridge
Bridge crosses the Potomac River connecting Oldtown and the Cumberland area of Allegeny County in Maryland with Green Springs and Springfield in Hampshire County, West Virginia. Photographer is in West Virginia looking towards Maryland.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 5,617 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 21, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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