Millstone & Moffet Station Historical

Millstone & Moffet Station Historical (HM1T9S)

Location: Hancock, MD 21750 Washington County
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N 39° 40.614', W 78° 5.371'

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Western Maryland Rail Trail

A small community originally called Millstone Point, but later changed to just Millstone, grew up along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Andrew Jackson (General and later U.S. President) met a committee from Hancock here. Harpers Monthly relates the following incident: "Some excavations were being made in the neighborhood and several blasts were fired in honor of the occasion as 'Old Hickory' approached. 'Didn't the detonations alarm your horse, general?' inquired a solicitous committeeman. 'No sir,' said Jackson emphatically; 'My horse and I have heard a similar sort of music before'."

During the Civil War several companies of the First Regiment Maryland Infantry were stationed at Millstone Point to protect the C&O Canal from Confederates. In 1909 Millstone was reported to have a population of 100 and a general store and post office, a harnessmaker, distiller, mason, several carpenters, a teacher and a blacksmith. There are also numerous farmers in the area.

The Moffet Station was constructed nearby when the Cumberland Extension of the Western Maryland Railway came through this location.

Millstone School, Photo courtesy of the Hancock Historical Society
Moffet Station, Photo courtesy of the Western Maryland Historical Society, Inc.
HM NumberHM1T9S
Placed ByWestern Maryland Rail Trail
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Date Added Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 749624 N 4395947
Decimal Degrees39.67690000, -78.08951667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 40.614', W 78° 5.371'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 40' 36.84" N, 78° 5' 22.26" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Western Maryland Rail Trail, Hancock MD 21750, US
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