Near Hancock in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Round Top Cement Mill
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park
The Round Top Cement Company struggled to stay profitable in spite of the ease of shipping and the high quality of its cement. Fires in 1848, 1897, and 1903 burned the mill to the ground. Even more devastating than fire was the introduction and manufacturing of Portland cement in the United States in the late 19th century. Weakened by the competition, the Round Top Cement Company was forced to close its operation after the 1903 fire.
This image shows the mill as it looked before it was rebuilt in 1897. A faulty chimney flue caused the 1903 fire.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
Location. 39° 40.629′ N, 78° 13.6′ W. Marker is near Hancock, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Canal Street 3.1 miles west of South Pennsylvania Avenue. Touch for map. Located on the C&O Canal Towpath. Marker is in this post office area: Hancock MD 21750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Round Top Geology (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Round Top Cement Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Round Top Heritage Area (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Round Top Sand Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lovers' Leap (approx. 1.7 miles away in West Virginia); “Old Mr. Flintís” Home (approx. 1.9 miles away); National Pike Toll House (approx. 2 miles away); Tonoloway Fort (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hancock.
Also see . . . Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. National Park Service (Submitted on July 25, 2016.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 25, 2016, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.