Near Big Pool in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Prosperous Farm
When the 1st Maryland Infantry (U.S.) garrisoned the fort in 1861-62, officers occupied the Williams house, which was located near the present park gift shop and Ammy Williams cooked their meals. Nathan Williams sold produce to the soldiers here as well as to the Confederates across the Potomac River. He justified his fraternization with the Confederates by passing information to the Federals.
After the war, Williams dismantled most of the fort’s northwest bastion to construct a barn. Inside the fort he built animal pens and planted grapevines, vegetables, and a small orchard. He also cultivated the fields outside and bought more land to expand his farm as he prospered.
In 1884, Nathan Williams died, and the farm passed to his family. By the 1890s, public sentiment in Maryland spurred efforts by the state to reacquire the fort. In 1911, the Williams family
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 39° 36.615′ N, 78° 0.292′ W. Marker is near Big Pool, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Fort Frederick Road south of Big Pool Road (Maryland Route 56), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. It is front of the Sulter Souvenier & Concession Shop. Marker is in this post office area: Big Pool MD 21711, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Frederick (here, next to this marker); Fort Frederick Officers’ Quarters (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Frederick (about 400 feet away); “...a place of Arms...would be absolutely neccessary” (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Old Fort Frederick" (approx. 0.2 miles away); “...to protect, preserve...and provide access thereto for the public.” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. ¼ mile away); The National Road (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Big Pool.
Regarding Nathan Williams. Like many other farmers in the area,
1. Nathan Williams
My name is Angela Tobery. My mother, Louise Bennett Campbell is the great grandauther of Nathan Williams. Her grandfather, Henry Williams, in 1860 was a year old making him the youngest of Nathan Williams children. —Angela Tobery.
— Submitted September 14, 2007.
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