Hagerstown: An Illustrated Description, 1887
streets, the deep blue mass of the South Mountain rises to a height of 2,000 feet above the plain, and the view of this splendid ridge from the heights of the town which are crowned by the handsome residences, with the intervening valley dotted with farm houses and orchards and rich fields, are a panorama never to be forgotten.
THE SURROUNDING COUNTRY.
Standing on the Dry Bridge in front of the Episcopal Church, on Prospect, or on the porches of any of the substantial residences on Potomac avenue, immediately in front of the spectator lies the famous Black Rock, a romantic and magnificent precipice on the side of South Mountain. To the left is the gap through which the Western Maryland R. R. crosses the mountain to Baltimore, and on one side of the gap a white object is seen which is the observatory at Pen-Mar, and near that a great red pile—the Blue Mountain house—a fashionable and beautiful summer resort for Baltimoreans and Philadelphians. Away to the right, far south of Pen-Mar, is the gap through which the renowned National pike leading from Baltimore to Wheeling and which runs through Hagerstown, passes, and in the same gap is seen the battlefield of South Mountain, a battle which was the forerunner of Antietam, which took place six miles further west the next day. Looking north or south the rich farming country is spread out like a map—
"--Vales that teem with fruits, romantic hills,
Whereon to gaze the eye with joyance fills."
Ten miles towards the south, on the Hagerstown and Sharpsburg pike, lies the scene of the sanguinary battle of Antietam, now marked, by a National Cemetery, where
T. J. C. Williams
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library
22 x 14 cms
Hagerstown, Md., The Mail publishing company
Hagerstown (Md.)--Description and travel; Hagerstown (Md.)--History--19th century
Washington County (Md.), 1887