Worthington House

Worthington House (HM1KM)

Location: Frederick, MD 21704 Frederick County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 21.693', W 77° 24.127'

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Fields of wheat and corn surrounded the hilltop farmhouse of John T. Worthington. Few trees obstructed his views of the meandering Monocacy River and Thomas farm to the east. In the two years since buying the 300-acre farm, Worthington had seen Federals and Confederates come and go, but this time both sides were amassing troops. While the family took refuge in the cellar, he had slaves take his horses to Sugarloaf Mountain. At one point, as he greeted Confederate Maj. Gen. John C. Breckinridge in the yard, a Union minie ball knocked the cane out of Worthington's hand.

(sidebar): Eyewitness
Glenn H. Worthington, as a boy of 6, watched the battle by peeking between the boards covering the cellar windows. In his 70s, after he had become a Frederick County judge, he wrote Fighting for Time, the only book-length account of the Battle of Monocacy for 130 years. This illustration of the house comes from that book.
HM NumberHM1KM
Placed ByMonocacy National Battlefield
National Parks Service
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Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 3:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 293047 N 4359651
Decimal Degrees39.36155000, -77.40211667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 21.693', W 77° 24.127'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 21' 41.58" N, 77° 24' 7.62" W
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Area Code(s)240, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4463 Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Hwy, Frederick MD 21704, US
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