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Wikipedia Description: Williamsport, Maryland
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Williamsport is a town in Washington County, Maryland, United States. The population was 1,868 at the 2000 census and 2,203 as of July 2006. ...
History is ingrained in the culture of Williamsport. The town lies on one of the early Native American trails between New York and the Carolinas. In the mid-1700s, tens of thousands of European settlers and pioneer families with their wagons followed the same route on the Great Wagon Road from Pennsylvania to Virginia and points south and west. In 1744, a ferry was established at the present site of Williamsport to carry the traffic across the Potomac River. Today’s travelers make the crossing on Interstate 81 a mile downriver from the town.
Williamsport has been a careful steward of its historical heritage, and the National Park Service contributes with maintenance of the local section of the C&O Canal National Park. Preservation and restoration projects are always in evidence. The manufacture of handmade and "antique" bricks under the 120-year-old Cushwa name is an integral part of Williamsport’s economy.
With the opening of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in the area of 1834, Williamsport became a very popular waterfront town which benefited the economy. But then after a large flood the canals were shut down for good in 1924. The overflowing flooding waters of the River prevented General Robert E. Lee's army, on its retreat from Gettysburg, from crossing and making it safely into Virginia for several days.
There are many other attractions in the town of Williamsport. The Spring House on the historic Springfield farm, is located at the Northern end town. It was built by Col. Thomas Cresap in the late 1600's. It is thought and said to be the first and oldest permanent building in Washington County. Springfield Farm features many other historic structures, such as the Springfield Farm Barn, which is the second oldest barn in the state, Th ...More...
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1998 photos: Image quality isn't going to be very good because these are scans of prints. In 1998 I was using a Pentax ME Super SLR camera. This was way before I went digital so the images you see on this site were manually scanned from the original prints, some 4x6 and some 5x7. Most of my vacations this year were Civil War sites but I also did a nice work-related trip to Ontario and New Orleans. No trips out west this year!