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

Fort Coombe

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
1. Fort Coombe Marker
Inscription. Fort Coombe, a Maryland stockaded fort of 1755–56 located north of this point. One of the frontier forts during the French and Indian War. The survey of the Mason and Dixon Line during 1763–68 placed it in Pennsylvania instead of Maryland.
 
Erected by the State Roads Commission.
 
Location. 39° 42.039′ N, 78° 11.094′ W. Marker is in Hancock, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and High Street, on the left when traveling north on Virginia Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hancock MD 21750, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hancock's Orchard Industry (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Tonoloways (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hancock (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Hancock (approx. mile away); Major James Breathed (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hancock.
 
Regarding Fort Coombe. Fort Coombs was in the Tonoloways Settlement. Before Mason and Dixon settled the border between Maryland and Virginia, there was a number of disputes between the states with county Sheriffs seizing
Fort Coombe Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, August 5, 2006
2. Fort Coombe Marker
land and livestock to settle purported unpaid back taxes.
 
Also see . . .  Coombs Fort of the Tonoloways Settlement of Maryland and Pennsylvania. (Submitted on January 25, 2007.)
 
Additional comments.
1. House built on site of Fort Coombe
There was a white, twelve room house built on this site and according to the man that owned it, the house was used as a hospital during the Civil War. There was also one room that was used for a Headquarters. It had a large marble fire place and a ceiling of various tin designs. Some of the rooms upstairs were small as if they were hospital rooms at one time.

I lived in the house when I attended high school in the early 1950s. The spring house was supposed to have been used also during the war. We used it also because the water was cool, fresh and free running. The spring house is in shambles but still standing. I want to get a picture of it before it completely goes. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted February 21, 2009, by betty AnnWertz of Warfordsburg, PA Fulton County.

 
Additional keywords. Coombs, Combs
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesPolitical SubdivisionsWar, French and Indian
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 25, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,398 times since then and 138 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 25, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
 
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