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Olney in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Higgins Tavern

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, March 23, 2014
1. Higgins Tavern Marker
Inscription. From Colonial times until the late 19th century, taverns occupied almost every crossroad and trading center. They were the center of life for rural communities. This is where mail was received, goods were traded, travelers slept, newspapers were read, and local news shared – as well as where hard liquor was imbibed.

Higgins Tavern was built in 1823, not long after the Georgetown-to-Brookeville Turnpike (present Georgia Avenue) was constructed. This tavern is unique because it was owned by women -- which was unusual since it was rare for women to visit taverns – Lucretia Beall from 1823 to 1867, and Margaret Higgins from 1867 until her death in 1905, although it is referred to in historical records by the names of the men with whom they lived, Thomas Higgins and Hilleary Orme Higgins respectively. The original log structure was added to in the mid 1800s.

Higgins Tavern gained a bit of notoriety in October 1872 when a meeting of the Democratic party was held here, attended by Horace Greeley, candidate for president; John Ritchie, candidate for re-election to Congress; and Frank Brown, candidate for Maryland House of Delegates.

In the early 1920s the property was sold to Oscar Martin who operated Martin's Dairy, processing milk brought in by local farmers, for half a century. The Martin family
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By Allen C. Browne, March 23, 2014
2. Higgins Tavern Marker
also had a very popular ice cream parlor on the premises. The Tavern building was the Martin Family home during this time.
 
Location. 39° 7.935′ N, 77° 4.249′ W. Marker is in Olney, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Georgia Avenue (Maryland Route 97) and Silo Inn Lane, on the right when traveling south on Georgia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16834 Georgia Avenue, Olney MD 20832, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Olney House (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Holland Red Door Store (approx. 2.3 miles away); Woodlawn (approx. 2.4 miles away); Quakers Practicing their Faith in Montgomery County (approx. 2.4 miles away); African Americans and Quakers in Sandy Spring (approx. 2 miles away); History of the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House (approx. 2.6 miles away); Sandy Spring Friends Meeting Site (approx. 2.6 miles away); The Sandy Spring (approx. 2.7 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Higgins Tavern. (PDF) Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. M:23-105 (Submitted on March 25, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceMan-Made Features
 
Higgins Tavern image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, March 23, 2014
3. Higgins Tavern
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By Allen C. Browne, March 23, 2014
4. Higgins Tavern
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By Allen C. Browne, March 23, 2014
5. Higgins Tavern
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 25, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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