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Hagerstown: An Illustrated Description,

Cumberland Valley Road Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


very spot where James Ramsey launched his little steamer in 1787, and land in West Virginia upon the high rocky precipice over which 3,000 Federal troops were driven by Stonewall Jackson. At Shenandoah Junction the road connects with the main stem of the Baltimore and Ohio, at Loch Laird with the Richmond and Alleghany, and at Waynesboro with the Chesapeake and Ohio system. Eighty miles from Hagerstown on this road is the wonderful Luray Cave, and a hundred miles further the Natural Bridge of Virginia. All along the road are points of historic interest. It passes through the estates of Lord Fairfax and within sight of his residence—the old Greenaway Court.

The Martinsburg and Potomac road, which is an ex- tension of the Cumberland Valley, connects Hagerstown with Martinsburg, W. Va., distant twenty miles to the south-west. The Potomac is crossed near Falling Waters, amidst scenes of great and striking natural beauty. The Cumberland Valley also connects Hagerstown with the Pennsylvania system at Harrisburg, sending cars and sleepers through to Philadelphia and New York. Mont Alto Park, a favorite resort, is but a short distance from Hagerstown by this road. The road is famous for its admirable management, its splendid road bed and equipment and its financial prosperity, which is equalled by few lines in the United States. It passes through a rich and highly cultivated country, densely populated. The passenger over this road never tires of the view from the car windows of the Blue Mountain ridge on either hand or the rich fields cultivated as carefully as gardens


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T. J. C. Williams

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Collection Location:
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library

Original Size:
22 x 14 cms

Hagerstown, Md., The Mail publishing company

Hagerstown (Md.)--Description and travel; Hagerstown (Md.)--History--19th century

Washington County (Md.), 1887

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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