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Web site of Western Maryland Regional Library, adds new collection

March 17, 2009

Whilbr, the historical Web site of Western Maryland Regional Library, has added a new collection: the Marble Quarry in Southern Washington County at www.whilbr.org/MarbleQuarry/index.aspx

The marble quarry near Rohrersville in southern Washington County was in operation for a number of years. In 1902, Catherine Shifler signed a contract with the Washington Marble Co., allowing them to take water from her creek and well. From the contract, it appears that the quarry was on the land of George I. Shifler, adjacent to the Boonsboro - Rohrersville road and along the Little Antietam Creek.

How long the marble quarry near Rohrersville was in operation is unknown. The first mention of a quarry was in 1896. One of the managers of the quarry was Lockwood Rines, who is also shown in the 1909 geological survey as operating a mine near Boonsboro and having an office at Eakles Mills.

The marble remains today in the plaque at Boonsboro's Shafer Park, and in the front steps and buildings in towns and countryside throughout the area.

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Washington County has a rich and diverse history. The Whilbr Web site, www.whilbr.org, features images from the collections of the public libraries, historical societies and individuals in Western Maryland. The collection continues to grow. The goal of the Whilbr project is to facilitate the digitization and digital exhibits of Western Maryland's historical documents, images, audio and video.

Western Maryland Regional Library is an organization that provides support and materials for the continued enhancement of resources available through the Washington County Free Library System, the Allegany Public Library System and the Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County.

For more information, call Marsha L. Fuller at 301-739-3250, ext. 176.

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