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Clear Spring in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Road Nurtures A Vision

The Historic National Road and Clear Spring

 
 
A Road Nurtures A Vision Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
1. A Road Nurtures A Vision Marker
Inscription. “The citizens at all times aim to be surpassed by no other town in the County.” –Martin Lehr, Clear Spring historian, 1890’s.

In 1821, Martin Myers chose a site that straddled a “clear spring” at the foot of Fairview Mountain to lay out a village he called “Myersville.” Fifteen years later the town was called “Clear Spring” and its 700 thriving inhabitants provided services for travelers on the National Road. As many as twenty-four stagecoaches passed through the town each day. Seven hotels offered food and lodging—twelve cents a night for a bed shared by three strangers.

Twenty-five shoemakers, six tailors, four blacksmiths, three wheel wrights, three wagon makers, three saddlers and endless store keepers kept busy as the National Road flourished.

Today, many of the early buildings remain and the faces of characters from the National Road provide a glimpse into its past.

(sidebar) Special Delivery. In the early 1900’s
Markers in Front of the Town's Telephone Exchange image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
2. Markers in Front of the Town's Telephone Exchange
J. Franklin Clopper hauled goods between Hagerstown and Clear Spring. In the summer he delivered ice to housewives who were churning butter or making ice cream. In 1914, he sold his horses and wagons and bought a two-ton Brockway truck for $2,000–the first truck in Clear Spring.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the The Historic National Road marker series.
 
Location. 39° 39.406′ N, 77° 55.691′ W. Marker is in Clear Spring, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Cumberland Street (U.S. 40) and Mill Street (Maryland Route 68), on the right when traveling west on Cumberland Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clear Spring MD 21722, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gettysburg Campaign (here, next to this marker); Clear Spring (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Frederick (approx. 0.2 miles
Town of Clear Spring, Circa 1877 image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
3. Town of Clear Spring, Circa 1877
Map erected in 2002 by the Clear Spring Homemakers. Click on image to enlarge.
away); Clear Spring Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Vital Crossroads (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clear Spring.
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
Hand Pump image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
4. Hand Pump
Small brass plaque reads: Restored in memory of C.E. Hawbaker, Major, Clear Spring, MD.
Log House Across the Street on Mill Street South image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
5. Log House Across the Street on Mill Street South
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,519 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 17, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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