Tableland Trails, Garrett County
Tableland Trails, a Quarterly Magazine Devoted to the History, Folklore and Cultural Interests of the Tri State Area, was produced by the Tableland Trails Foundation, between 1953 and 1963. Felix G. Robinson was the founder, editor, and a major contributor. The publication included information on Garrett and Allegany Counties in Maryland, and several counties in neighboring Pennsylvania and West Virginia. This website includes only the articles on Garrett County. The website on Allegany County is found at Tableland Trails, Allegany County.
The breadth of material about Garrett County's history is extensive. Robinson wrote many of the articles. The other principal author was Rev. J. C. Breuninger, a historian with deep roots in the county. Breuninger wrote of the first peoples to visit the area, the Monongahela Woodland Culture, and the many trails such as the Great Warrior Path, the Nemacolin Path, the McCullough Path; and the Seneca Trail that native people established. Articles are found too on early settlers of the county, Peter Gortner, William Ashby, George Rinehart, and the Reverend John Stough, first resident clergyman in the Youghiogheny Glades. Robinson also included articles on local businesses in Oakland, like Englander's Pharmacy.
Felix Robinson was born in Oakland in 1898. Educated at Gettysburg College and Seminary, Mr. Robinson was a Lutheran minister for many years, serving churches in Long Island, The Bronx, Keyser, W. Va., and the Arthurdale Community Church, W. Va. Another of Mr. Robinson's major interests was music. He developed and directed the annual Mountain Choir festival at the Mountain Lake Park amphitheater for several years. He directed the celebration of the Oakland Centennial in 1949 and the Friendsville Bicentennial in 1966. He wrote the Song of the Oaks for the former and the Ballad of the Yough for the latter.
His interest in the history of Garrett County and the adjacent counties in Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, led him in the 1950s and 1960s to publish Tableland Trails, devoted to the history and traditions of what he termed the tableland region. He also contributed many articles on historical subjects to Baltimore and Pittsburgh papers and was a permanent contributing editor of The Glades Star, the publication of the Garrett County Historical Society.
More on Felix Robinson can be found at the Felix G. Robinson Papers at Georgetown University Library, where his papers are housed.
|Western Maryland Regional Library is grateful to Ariel Deforest Robinson and Muriel Robinson Franc, the children of Felix G. Robinson, for permitting us to put these volumes online, and to Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland, and the Maryland State Law Library for making them available.
Thanks also to Bob Boal of the Garrett County Historical Society for suggesting this collection be made available online.