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Tradition of Washington Spring

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
1. Tradition of Washington Spring Marker
Inscription. The flat land beside the little Youghiogheny River on the western edge of Oakland has two items of historic interest. First, it contains a spring, and according to tradition, George Washington stopped at the spring on the morning of September 26, 1784. It was also the meeting point of three different Indian trails: Seneca Indian Trail; Glades Path and McCullough's Pack Horse Path, formerly known as Warrior Path.

In late September 1784, George Washington, Bushrod Washington, Dr. James Craik and his son William were returning from a trip to Pennsylvania riding south over the McCullough's Pack Horse Path. On the night of September 25th, they were caught in a heavy rainstorm in what is now the Wilderness Area of Herrington Manor State Park. Washington recorded in his diary that"... It rained so hard that the group couldn't even get a campfire started."

The next morning they headed south again stopping for water at the spring that now bears Washington's name before continuing on to John Friend's cabin 1 1/4 miles away.

When the Oakland Hotel was built by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1875, a walking path was laid out to Washington Spring. The spring was enclosed in stone work and a small roof was built above it. Over the years, famous people strolled over the path and duplicated George Washington's act of
Tradition of Washington Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
2. Tradition of Washington Spring Marker
taking a refreshing drink of water from the spring.

Shelly Upole, a local chainsaw carver, is posed with a bust of George Washington. Look for her other woodland creations that can be found along McCullough's Pack Horse Path. She has collected many arrowheads left behind by her Indian forefathers from the Iroquois nation.
 
Location. 39° 24.707′ N, 79° 24.963′ W. Marker is in Oakland, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker can be reached from Oak Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the Oakland Town Trail along the southeast bank of the Little Youghiogheny just east of where the trail crosses the river on the Oakland Rosedale Road. Marker is in this post office area: Oakland MD 21550, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Oakland Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Garrett County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); MaryLandscapes (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1884 Oakland Train Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oakland (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gettysburg Campaign (approx. 0.4 miles away); Railroad Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Glades Hotel (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
 
Additional comments.
1. Washington Spring
Washington Spring image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
3. Washington Spring
Close-up of photo on marker
{From the Railroad Station} "Follow the path to the right to the spring house, a quarter of a mile away. This spring is called the Washington, as it never has been successfully denied that Gen. George Washington did not drink of this spring when surveying land in Western Maryland." -- Illustrated Guide to Oakland; walks, drives, excursions, The Oakland Club, 1900.
    — Submitted September 25, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

 
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Shelly Upole<br>and her Chainsaw Carving of George Washington image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
4. Shelly Upole
and her Chainsaw Carving of George Washington
Close-up of photo on marker
Arrow Points<br>Collected by Shelly Upole image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
5. Arrow Points
Collected by Shelly Upole
Close-up of photo on marker
Washington Spring image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
6. Washington Spring
Close-up of photo on marker
Washington Spring image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
7. Washington Spring
Washington Spring image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 24, 2013
8. Washington Spring
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 25, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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