Silver Spring in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
‘Most Lonesome Spot’
Tools for the Trades
— Silver Heritage Georgia Avenue —
Located on the Washington and Brookeville Turnpike (Georgia Avenue), Hunter Bros. was positioned to serve Montgomery County farmers transporting their bounty to Washington, D.C. markets. Farmers would place orders with the Hunters on their way to D.C. and pick them up on the return to their farms.
In 1920, John bought out his brother's share of the business, and in 1925 replaced the wood structure with the current brick building at 8126 Georgia Avenue. The Structure's cornerstone, dated 1896, attests to the year John established himself in the hardware business as a sixteen-year-old working for Ornoff & Truxton Co., located at 203 7th Street, NW, in Washington D.C. Hunter likely had this cornerstone fabricated to reflect the number of years that he had been in
Beloved by his employees, Hunter fired but one employee during the thirty-three years that he operated his hardware store. "It hurt me more than it did him," he was quoted as saying in a March 4, 1946 Washington Post article covering a testimonial dinner held in honor of his retirement. John H. Hunter passed away in 1960 at the age of eighty. (The story continues on the other side.)
Erected by Silver Spring Historical Society.
Location. 38° 59.489′ N, 77° 1.608′ W. Marker is in Silver Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Avenue (U.S. 29) and Silver Spring Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Georgia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Silver Spring MD 20910, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Enticing Business (here, next to this marker); The ‘Mayor’ of Silver Spring (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Visions Realized (about 300 feet away); Finding a Niche (about 300 feet away); The Burger King (about 400 feet away); Land, Lumber & Lyrics (about 400 feet away); A Downtown is Born (about 400 feet away); Heat Up, Cool Down (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silver Spring.
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