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

Seneca

 
 
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By Tom Fuchs, November 4, 2006
1. Seneca Marker
Inscription. John Garrett laid out a town called Newport here in 1797 and gave away lots as prizes in a lottery, but a town did not actually appear until after 1830, when the C&O Canal was completed from Georgetown to Seneca Creek. The town was called Seneca. A grist mill was built before 1780 where River Road crosses Seneca Creek and was known in the early 1800ís as Milfordís Mill. In 1855, the mill was purchased by John Darby and his son Upton Darby. Wilson Tschiffely bought the mill in 1902 and it was later operated by his sons Thomas and Worthington. It ceased operation about 1930. Seneca was a thriving town with several warehouses and shops, a stonecutting mill, and a hotel—The Riverside Inn. There were many vacation homes built here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
 
Erected by Montgomery County Park Commission, Department of Parks; and The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
 
Location. 39° 4.753′ N, 77° 20.45′ W. Marker is in Seneca, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road and Tschiffely Mill Road, on the left when traveling west on River Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Poolesville MD 20837, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By J. J. Prats, November 4, 2006
2. Seneca Marker
At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seneca Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Seneca Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Seneca Store (within shouting distance of this marker); The Historic Seneca Schoolhouse (approx. 0.6 miles away); Seneca Schoolhouse (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seneca.
 
Also see . . .
1. Seneca, Maryland. An excerpt from the book Towns along the Towpath by Kate Mulligan. (Submitted on December 16, 2006.) 

2. Towns Along the Towpath. book by Kate Mulligan, on Amazon.com, with the Look Inside feature. (Submitted on December 16, 2006.) 
 
Categories. Political SubdivisionsSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,668 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 16, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2. submitted on December 16, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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