Grantsville (HM2M5)

Location: Grantsville, MD 21536 Garrett County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 41.811', W 79° 9.426'

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A Heritage of Hospitality

When the National Road came through here in 1815, this settlement was a half mile away along the old Braddock Road. This "New Grantsville" developed just west of the Casselman Bridge, completed a few years earlier. About a dozen buildings were moved from "Old Grantsville" to take advantage of the new road and the prosperity it would bring.

Entrepreneurs built several hotels, allowing weary travelers to rest. The National Hotel opened its doors right across the street, at the center of town, in 1837. The Casselman Drovers Inn followed in 1842. Between 1843 and 1852, as many as 14 stagecoaches a day were rolling through in both directions.

As late as 1892, a traveler staying nearby noted "there would be thirty-six horse teams, one hundred Kentucky mules, one thousand hogs and as many fat cattle in adjoining fields. The music made by this large number of hogs eating corn on a frosty night I will never forget."

(photograph legends)
? ? The Casselman Hotel, 1907, located just east of here. Driving sheep, cattle, geese and even turkeys to the big city markets in the east, hearty drovers welcomed the inn's large pens and corrals as well as hot food and a real bed after a long day on the National Road. Open since 1824, the Inn still welcomes travelers.
? ? Henry Fuller built the National Hotel, the finest in Grantsville, in 1837. The hotel, which survived until 1984, was still a popular stop when this photograph was taken in 1909.
? ? Grantsville, with the Victoria Hotel on the left, c. 1912, by Leo Beachy. Grantsvlle was lucky to have a gifted photographer in Leo Beachy (1874-1927), who was a lifelong resident of the town.
HM NumberHM2M5
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:27pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 658007 N 4395734
Decimal Degrees39.69685000, -79.15710000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 41.811', W 79° 9.426'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 41' 48.66" N, 79° 9' 25.56" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2701 MD-495, Grantsville MD 21536, US
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