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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Big Pool, Maryland

 
Clickable Map of Washington County, Maryland and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Washington County, MD (858) Allegany County, MD (281) Frederick County, MD (523) Franklin County, PA (209) Fulton County, PA (46) Loudoun County, VA (308) Berkeley County, WV (103) Jefferson County, WV (347) Morgan County, WV (105)  WashingtonCounty(858) Washington County (858)  AlleganyCounty(281) Allegany County (281)  FrederickCounty(523) Frederick County (523)  FranklinCountyPennsylvania(209) Franklin County (209)  FultonCounty(46) Fulton County (46)  LoudounCountyVirginia(308) Loudoun County (308)  BerkeleyCountyWest Virginia(103) Berkeley County (103)  JeffersonCounty(347) Jefferson County (347)  MorganCounty(105) Morgan County (105)
Hagerstown is the county seat for Washington County
Big Pool is in Washington County
      Washington County (858)  
ADJACENT TO WASHINGTON COUNTY
      Allegany County (281)  
      Frederick County (523)  
      Franklin County, Pennsylvania (209)  
      Fulton County, Pennsylvania (46)  
      Loudoun County, Virginia (308)  
      Berkeley County, West Virginia (103)  
      Jefferson County, West Virginia (347)  
      Morgan County, West Virginia (105)  
 
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1Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — "Old Fort Frederick"
During the American War for Independence Fort Frederick was revitalized for military purposes. The Continental Congress turned the fort into a prison camp to house captured British soldiers. As a result the fort became extremely overcrowded, and . . . Map (db m96137) HM
2Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — “...a place of Arms...would be absolutely neccessary”
Throughout the 18th Century, the major colonial powers of France and Great Britain were vying for control of North America. By the 1750's the British extended their settlements westward over the Appalachian Mountains and the French moved south out . . . Map (db m166798) HM
3Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — “...to protect, preserve...and provide access thereto for the public.”
During the American War for Independence Fort Frederick was revitalized for military purposes. The Continental Congress turned the fort into a prison camp to house captured British soldiers. As a result the fort became extremely overcrowded, and . . . Map (db m96138) HM
4Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — Big Pool JunctionWestern Maryland Rail Trail
The eighteen miles of rails between Hagerstown and Big Pool were the busiest of the Western Maryland Railway. It was here in 1892 that a connection was made with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad across the Potomac River at Cherry Run, West . . . Map (db m735) HM
5Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — Fort FrederickMaryland State Park
Colonial stone fort built 1756 for Province of Maryland by Gov. Horatio Sharpe to protect frontier against French and Indians after Braddock’s defeat. Detention camp for British prisoners 1776–83. Occupied 1861–2 by Union troops. George Washington . . . Map (db m681) HM
6Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — Fort FrederickA Witness to War
Built by the Maryland colony in 1756 during the French and Indian War, Fort Frederick’s stone walls surrounded three large buildings. The colonists abandoned the frontier fort in 1759, when the threat of Indian raids subsided. During the . . . Map (db m821) HM
7Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — Fort Frederick
. . . Map (db m103762) HM
8Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — Fort Frederick Officers’ Quarters
A Ghost in the Ground. Before you is the foundation of “The Governor’s House,” the building that served as the officers’ quarters, ceremonial hall and storeroom for Fort Frederick. What did that building look like? We know the size and general . . . Map (db m823) HM
9Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — Four LocksChesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Here the Potomac River makes a meandering four-mile loop around Prather’s Neck. To avoid the bend in the river, the canal engineers cut the canal one-half mile across the neck. Because of the rapid elevation change, these four locks were . . . Map (db m15285) HM
10Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — Gettysburg CampaignInvasion & Retreat
After stunning victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, Virginia, early in May 1863, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee carried the war through Maryland, across the Mason and Dixon Line and into Pennsylvania. His infantry marched north through . . . Map (db m32675) HM
11Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — Mule PowerChesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park — National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
“Here at Four Locks mule barn, mules rested during the winter months. Boat captains left their mules here, paying a mule tended to care for them. Often the mules grew thin because the keeper did not feed the mules as well as their owners . . . Map (db m15278) HM
12Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — Nathan WilliamsA Prosperous Farm
Nathan Williams was the son of Samuel “Big Sam” Williams, a slave who in 1826 bought freedom for himself, his wife, and his four children. In 1839, the elder Williams purchased a farm near Four Locks, about 3.5 miles east of Fort . . . Map (db m5571) HM
13Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — The National RoadThe Road that Built the Nation
“. . . so many happy people, restless in the midst of abundance.” —Alexis de Tocqueville, 1840. Americans are an adventurous people. From past to present, they have used feet, horses, wagons, stagecoaches, canals, . . . Map (db m820) HM
14Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — The National RoadThe Road that Built the Nation
“. . . so many happy people, restless in the midst of abundance.” —Alexis de Tocqueville, 1840. Americans are an adventurous people. From past to present, they have used feet, horses, wagons, stagecoaches, canals, . . . Map (db m32677) HM
15Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — Three Eras of Transportation Side by SideWestern Maryland Rail Trail
Facing west, the C&O Canal is visible at the lower left. The coming of the railroad helped to end the usefulness of canals. To the right is the Interstate 70 bridge over the creek. The building of modern roads played a part in making the Western . . . Map (db m96153) HM
16Maryland (Washington County), Big Pool — Veterans Memorial
A memorial to those who went and never returned to honor those who served and kept us safe our service men and women of the Big Pool, District 15 area Map (db m139131) WM
 
 
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Jun. 28, 2022