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Frostburg in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Naming of Frostburg

 
 
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By Bill Pfingsten, August 8, 2013
1. The Naming of Frostburg Marker
Inscription. Contrary to popular belief that it was named for its frigid winter weather, Frostburg can trace its history back to 1800 when the community was known as Mt. Pleasant. By the time the National Road (authorized by Congress in 1806) opened through in 1812, Josiah Frost, Meshach's father, had already bought a tract of land and laid off a series of "town lots" along the road's route. It was Meshach who built a home upon lot 1 and it was here he brought Catherine after their marriage in June 1812. With stage coach service to Frostburg in 1818, the house became an inn along the National Road and became known as Highland Hall (site now occupied by St. Michael's recotry which was built in 1871). As the town grew it became known as "Frost Town:. After the first post office was established by 1820, with Meshach as first postmaster, the present name of Frostburg came into being. The Frosts later resided in the Frost Mansion (Frost Avenue), a home constructed in 1846 and both remained there until their deaths. They had nine children including Nathan, Frostburg's first mayor.

Drawing
Founders of Frostburg
Catherine Frost Born 1792 Died 1876
Meshach Frost Born 1887 Died 1863
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location.
The Naming of Frostburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, August 8, 2013
2. The Naming of Frostburg Marker
39° 39.446′ N, 78° 55.47′ W. Marker is in Frostburg, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is on Depot Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Frostburg MD 21532, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad Depot (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frost Graves (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frostburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); The National Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad (approx. 0.2 miles away); Coal Mining (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Frostburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Frostburg (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frostburg.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Catherine and Meshach Frost image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, August 8, 2013
3. Catherine and Meshach Frost
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By Bill Pfingsten, August 8, 2013
4. Frost Mansion
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 9, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 408 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 9, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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