Oakland in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Tradition of Washington Spring
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
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.
1. Washington Spring
— Submitted September 25, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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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 415 times since then and 19 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.