Hancock (HM3G9)

Location: Hancock, MD 21750 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 41.93', W 78° 10.754'

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The Busiest Village on the Road

"After the exhilaration of a gallop down the mountain without breaks, what appetite would not be set on edge, what refinement of palate displeased by venison cutlets, or even ham and eggs?"
Harper's Magazine, 1879

By 1840, Hancock was a major stop on the National Road. Here, travelers could prepare for the nearby mountains or rest after the long up and down ride from Cumberland.

As many as sixteen "gayly painted" coaches sporting names like the National Road or Stockton, the Good Intent, People's and June Bug Stage Lines rolled into town daily. Prancing teams of horses pulled the stagecoaches filled with the famous and common, jostled together by the rough mountain ride. Coaches and wagons were soon replaced by a canal and a railroad. Today, two interstate highways crisscross this narrowest piece of Maryland.

SidebarAn Interesting, Historic Town
With the advent of the automobile came some of our first travel guides. Robert Bruce traveled the National Road in 1916 in an effort to provide the traveler with thorough maps, good driving directions, and interesting bits of information. "Hancock is a prosperous-looking place...an interesting, historic town," he noted. Today, his map of Hancock provides us a glimpse into the past. Note the location of the Barton House andthe Monterey Hotel in the middle of town.
HM NumberHM3G9
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
Placed ByAmerica's Byways
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 3:09pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 741852 N 4398135
Decimal Degrees39.69883333, -78.17923333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 41.93', W 78° 10.754'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 41' 55.80" N, 78° 10' 45.24" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 31 W Main St, Hancock MD 21750, US
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