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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Friendsville, Maryland

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Oakland is the county seat for Garrett County
Friendsville is in Garrett County
      Garrett County (157)  
      Allegany County (293)  
      Fayette County, Pennsylvania (272)  
      Somerset County, Pennsylvania (147)  
      Grant County, West Virginia (32)  
      Mineral County, West Virginia (74)  
      Preston County, West Virginia (116)  
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1 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — At The Crossroads Of ConflictExplore Maryland Civil War Trails
When Civil War divided the nation, Maryland found itself on the pivotal border between North and South. Today, you can trace history along Maryland's Civil War Trail driving tours. Learn about people caught in the crossroads of conflict who . . . Map (db m200637) HM
2 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 16 — Bear Creek Lumber and Meat Market
When the River Road connected Selbysport and Friendsville, the original way into town was past the cemetery, across Bear Creek, at the cement arch bridge location; and down Walnut Street to Morris Avenue. The more daring could cross on foot, using . . . Map (db m134363) HM
3 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 12 — First National Bank, Leslie Friend Store & Military Honors
Leslie Friend built the largest department store in the county in the 1890's where the First United Bank now stands. Leslie also helped charter and built the First National Bank of Friendsville in 1902, now the Friend Family Association Heritage . . . Map (db m134357) HM
4 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — Friend’s Graveyard
Nearby are the graves of John Friend, Sr. (1732–1808), Kerrenhappuch Hyatt (d. 1798), his wife, and their son Gabriel (1761–1852), John and Gabriel were soldiers in the Revolution. The first permanent settlers in Garrett County, they . . . Map (db m405) HM
5 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 9 — Friendsville Baseball Fever, Cider Mill, Shanty Town
This area was an important gathering place for the townspeople. Early on it was an orchard and the farm of Gabriel Friend, whose cabin on the high ground was known as 'Look Sharp'. In 1830 Gabriel (son of John Friend Sr.) was appointed . . . Map (db m134364) HM
6 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 4 — Friendsville Commerce, Custer's and Ryland's Stores
David 'Bud' Sheridan Custer had the Custer grocery store and furniture store built here by George Kolb in 1888. He served on the board of the Methodist Church in Friendsville and as superintendent of the Sunday School. In 1917 he became . . . Map (db m134369) HM
7 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — Friendsville Honor Roll
In honor and memory of all men and women of the Friendsville area who served their country in all its wars.Map (db m134358) WM
8 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 14 — Friendsville School 1891-1924
In 1891 the old log house that was used as the school (located in the vicinity of the Methodist Church on Water Street) became too small for the growing student population and the School Board purchased a 1/2 acre lot on Water Street from John T. . . . Map (db m134368) HM
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9 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — Gettysburg CampaignInvasion & Retreat Reported permanently removed
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 . . . Map (db m200639) HM
10 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 15 — J.W. McCullough, Lumbering and Mining Titan
Drawn by the rich forest timberlands of Garrett County, John W. McCullough arrived in the Friendsville area in the 1890's and figured prominently in the expansion of the town. He constructed several sawmills in the area and in 1894 built a 36 inch . . . Map (db m134372) HM
11 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 6 — Morris Avenue and Maple Street
During the late 1800's, the junction of Morris Ave. and Maple St. is where people congregated most. The building now occupied by Precision Rafting was originally W.W. Savage's Furniture and Clothing Store. His father, Salathial Savage, was the . . . Map (db m134367) HM
12 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 2 — Native American Visitors and Inhabitants
In 1950, the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh investigated this site in a three-year survey of the entire Ohio River drainage system. In 1972, the Maryland Geographical Survey conducted excavations on the areas to be impacted by the construction of . . . Map (db m153154) HM
13 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 3 — Riverside Hotel & Knights of Pythias
Charles Liston, the town constable, was behind the bar of the Collier Hotel (now the Riverside Hotel) when rowdy drifter Lupton Frantz came in looking for Mr. Collier. Constable Liston thought he was reaching for a gun, so he shot him. The . . . Map (db m153155) HM
14 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — The Grave of Meshack Browning(1781–1859)
Born at Damascus, Maryland. Garrett County's most famous hunter, Browning wrote the book, "Forty-Four Years of the Life of a Hunter". During this time he killed two thousand deer and five hundred bear.Map (db m430) HM
15 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 1 — The Legend of Johnny Friend
In the mid-1700's, Neil Friend and his sons held land on the Virginia side of the Potomac River, where the North and South Branches join. A good location for trade with Indians but prone to flooding. A decision was made to move on to the . . . Map (db m134371) HM
16 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 7 — The Lost Settlement of Kendall
With the arrival of the train to Friendsville in 1889, the Yough Manor Lumber Co. extended the tracks upriver two miles to service a sawmill. A. Knabb and company had already set up a stave mill for barrels in 1891 and the town's name became Krug, . . . Map (db m134370) HM
17 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — The National RoadThe Road that Built the Nation Reported missing
“…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, . . . Map (db m200636) HM
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18 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 13 — The Railroad Era and Hotels
The Confluence and Oakland Railroad (C&O) was completed between Confluence, PA and Friendsville. Upon completion, it was leased to the B&O Railroad for 99 years. In Confluence it connected with the B&O Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Chicago Railways. . . . Map (db m134353) HM
19 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 10 — The Unique Milling Company
From the beginning of recorded time people have milled grain as an important part of their diet. Along Bear Creek and the Yough several mills operated in the 1800's, using water as the power source to turn the mill stones. As soon as the railroad . . . Map (db m134355) HM
20 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — The Youghiogheny RiverA Powerful Playground
Stretched out below you is the Youghiogheny River and Reservoir. This swift and mighty river carves twisting canyons carpeted with lush evergreens. Its refreshing waters plunge over cascading waterfalls. Enticing the adventurous and luring the . . . Map (db m161550) HM
21 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — Vietnam Memorial
When the bell tolled in Vietnam for these six brave men, it tolled also for thee. Dannie E. Nicklow Feb. 13, 1947 Mar 16, 1967 Ross Fike June 14, 1948 May 16, 1967 Charles W. Hook Dec. 20, 1946 June 17, 1967 . . . Map (db m134365) WM
22 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 18 — Walnut Street and First Avenue – F.G. Fox & Sons
As Friendsville branched out from the river, Walnut Street became the site of Frederick Fox's planing mill, then hardware store, the Post Office and a tin shop. Fred Fox was also a builder and many of the old buildings display his handiwork and were . . . Map (db m134362) HM
23 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 5 — Water Street North, Captain Elijah Monroe Friend
the land occupied by Wilderness Voyageurs was once the site of the livery stable for the Riverside Hotel. The house pictured above was the home of Captain Elijah Monroe Friend, grandson of Gabriel Friend, son of John Friend the first white . . . Map (db m153156) HM
24 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — 11 — Yough Motors, Confectionary and Bandstand
Quincy Murphy built the Yough Motor Company in the early 1900's as a full service auto repair shop offering parts and painting. Quincy's sons Ralph and Robert worked in the business as mechanics in the business as mechanics and the whole family . . . Map (db m134354) HM
25 Maryland, Garrett County, Friendsville — Youghiougheny Overlook Welcome Center Reported permanently removed
You are now in Maryland. The scene before you is the Youghiougheny River and Reservoir, a major resource for fishing, whitewater rafting, and recreation. From the Reservoir, the River flows North into Pennsylvania, where it joins the Monongahela . . . Map (db m83627) HM
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Dec. 3, 2023