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NRBRAD_070102_13.JPG: The Historic National Road The Road That Built The Nation:
Hagan's Tavern: If walls could talk...
The National Road has borne witness to many notorious comings and goings the quiet atmosphere you'll find at Hagan's Tavern today is quite different from the raucous bawdiness of yesteryear. This Tavern was a "place where is the old bloats of the neighborhood would gather on Saturday and public days to run horses, fight chickens, drink bad whiskey, and black each other's high."
He was also a political stomping ground, where "cooping" commonly occurred, a practice "we're politicians would lure all of the poor white voters they could muster to the inn. They are the election hopefuls would feed the voters the best food that they could, see the new poker playing cards were always at hand, and make sure the whiskey glasses never went dry." The voters were then taken quickly to cast their ballots.
Long before the National Road, General Braddock marched through here, observing that Western Maryland was "almost uninhabited, but by a parcel of banditti who called themselves Indian traders." The rough-hewn law ancestors of taverns like Hagan's were both Indian trading posts and primitive lodgings. One traveler complained that "I spent the night in a bed with four other godforsaken souls; never knowing whether I would get my pocket picked or be carried off by vermin."
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2007 photos: Equipment this year: I used the Fuji S9000 almost exclusively except for the period when it broke and I had to send it back for repairs. In August, I bought a Canon Rebel Xti, my first digital SLR (vs regular digital) which I tried as well but I wasn't that excited by it.
Trips this year: Two weeks down south (including Graceland, Shiloh, VIcksburg, and New Orleans), a week at a time share in Costa Rica over my 50th birthday, a week off for a family reunion in the Wisconsin Dells (with sidetrips to Dayton, Springfield, and Madison), a week in San Diego for the Comic-Con with a side trip to Michigan for two family reunions, a drive up to Niagara Falls, a couple of weekend jaunts including the Civil War Preservation Trust Grand Review in Vicksburg, and a December journey to three state capitols (Richmond, Raleigh, and Columbia). I saw sites in 18 states and 3 other countries this year -- the first year I'd been to more than two other countries since we lived in Venezuela when I was a little toddler.
Ego strokes: A photo that I took at the National Archives was used as the author photo on the book jacket for David A. Nichols' "A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution." I became a volunteer photographer at both Sixth and I Historic Synagogue and the Civil War Preservation Trust (later renamed "Civil War Trust")..
Number of photos taken this year: 225,000.
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