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October 19, 2012
A 65-acre property in Washington County is one of two that has been permanently preserved by the State of Maryland. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and the Board of Public Works approved the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easement this week. The 65-acre Edwin David easement, on property owned by the David family, will protect water quality along 7,000 feet of ditches and tributaries to Dog Creek and Little Dog Creek. Forested and vegetative stream buffers will work to filter stormwater runoff that will feed into these creeks, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. The David property includes two other creeks and two natural springs that will be protected by the buffers.
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July 18, 2011
Greenbrier State Park, off U.S. 40 east of Hagerstown, offers many hiking trails with varying degrees of intensity. The half-mile Yellow Trail is rated as “easy.” The Water Tank Trail and the Copperhead Trail are both about a half-mile and are rated as “moderate.” The one-mile Snelling Fire Trail is rated as “moderate.” The 1 1/2-mile Camp Loop Trail, which provides easy access to the lake as it parallels all four camping...
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2012
Soldiers who arrived on South Mountain during the Civil War survived in the mountainous terrain with items they packed: a blanket, a haversack containing food items like salted pork or salted beef, cooking utensils and coffee. They also carried a canteen, ammunition, a bayonet and a ground cloth that might have been waterproof and could have been used to shield against rain, said Jeff Hayes, a living historian. Hayes and other Civil War experts welcomed the public to the South Mountain State Battlefield on Saturday and Sunday to give them an idea of what life was like for soldiers when the Battle of South Mountain broke out Sept.
NEWS
July 10, 2009
Confederates on Turner's Gap Interact with living historians portraying Capt. John Lane's Battery and Col. Alfred Colquitt's Brigade of infantry. Today and Sunday. Turner's Gap, Dahlgren Chapel site, Alternate U.S. 40, south of Boonsboro. Free. Call South Mountain State Battlefield at 301-432-8065. Arts and Crafts Fair The 27th annual Arts and Crafts Fair will feature about 150 vendors. Gary Patterson will play bagpipes from 9 to 11 a.m., a DJ will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and singer/songwriter Ray Owen will entertain from 2 to 3:30 p.m. with a program including songs, stories and humor.
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By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | September 11, 1999
ROHRERSVILLE - Three people from Washington County have been appointed by Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening to a task force studying the feasibility of creating a state park at South Mountain. Daniel P. Spedden, of Boonsboro, will be vice chairman of the South Mountain Battlefield Historic Tourism Initiative Task Force. Spedden will represent the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Also from Washington County are Joseph L. Motter of Rohrersville, who is a member of the Friends of Gathland State Park; and Barbara A. Rodenhiser, a member of Friends of Washington Monument State Park.
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By LAURA ERNDE | September 5, 1998
The Battle of South Mountain will never be as famous as the bloody fight that followed at Antietam, but Civil War enthusiasts hope a new brochure will increase awareness in the obscure but pivotal conflict. On the eve of the 136th anniversary of the battle, the Central Maryland Heritage League is distributing its brochure, complete with directions for a self-guided tour. "South Mountain, for a number of years, has been ambiguous in people's minds. This identifies exactly what happened, where," said Steve Stotelmyer, vice president of the league.
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August 27, 1997
By KATE COLEMAN Staff Writer The re-enactment of the battle of South Mountain Saturday, Aug. 30, and Sunday, Aug. 31, won't be the biggest Civil War re-enactment in the country this year. And that's OK. The event, which organizer Russ Richards describes as "laid-back," will be smaller than the 135th Anniversary Re-enactment of the Battle of Antietam which is expected to draw 10,000 re-enactors and 50,000 spectators two weeks later. Richards anticipates about 800 troops: 500 re-enactors will represent 10,000 Confederate soldiers, and 300 re-enactors will stand for the 25,000 Federal troops who fought on South Mountain near Boonsboro Sept.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | September 16, 2002
andrear@herald-mail.com BURKITTSVILLE, Md. - A Civil War educational group on Saturday dedicated interpretive signs that members hope will increase public awareness about a key battle fought on South Mountain near Burkittsville. Exactly 140 years after Confederate and Union troops clashed at Crampton's Gap on Sept. 14, 1862, members of the Virginia-based Blue and Gray Education Society met at the battlefield site in South Mountain State Park to dedicate 17 color-illustrated and narrative signs that commemorate the battle.
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By PAT SCHOOLEY | May 6, 2007
The small log house settles into a hollow facing Md. 85 just east of Buckystown, Md., in Frederick County and is a little way from its original Washington County home. The house originally stood along what is now Alternate U.S. 40, the Old National Pike. Built at the end of the 18th century or the beginning of the 19th, the house sat on the north side of the road, down the western slope of South Mountain, close to Md. 67, southeast of Boonsboro. Now near Buckystown, the house is newly refurbished, set on stone foundations with a large stone chimney on its west side.
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October 19, 2012
A 65-acre property in Washington County is one of two that has been permanently preserved by the State of Maryland. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and the Board of Public Works approved the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) easement this week. The 65-acre Edwin David easement, on property owned by the David family, will protect water quality along 7,000 feet of ditches and tributaries to Dog Creek and Little Dog Creek. Forested and vegetative stream buffers will work to filter stormwater runoff that will feed into these creeks, the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. The David property includes two other creeks and two natural springs that will be protected by the buffers.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2012
Soldiers who arrived on South Mountain during the Civil War survived in the mountainous terrain with items they packed: a blanket, a haversack containing food items like salted pork or salted beef, cooking utensils and coffee. They also carried a canteen, ammunition, a bayonet and a ground cloth that might have been waterproof and could have been used to shield against rain, said Jeff Hayes, a living historian. Hayes and other Civil War experts welcomed the public to the South Mountain State Battlefield on Saturday and Sunday to give them an idea of what life was like for soldiers when the Battle of South Mountain broke out Sept.
NEWS
July 18, 2011
Greenbrier State Park, off U.S. 40 east of Hagerstown, offers many hiking trails with varying degrees of intensity. The half-mile Yellow Trail is rated as “easy.” The Water Tank Trail and the Copperhead Trail are both about a half-mile and are rated as “moderate.” The one-mile Snelling Fire Trail is rated as “moderate.” The 1 1/2-mile Camp Loop Trail, which provides easy access to the lake as it parallels all four camping...
NEWS
July 10, 2009
Confederates on Turner's Gap Interact with living historians portraying Capt. John Lane's Battery and Col. Alfred Colquitt's Brigade of infantry. Today and Sunday. Turner's Gap, Dahlgren Chapel site, Alternate U.S. 40, south of Boonsboro. Free. Call South Mountain State Battlefield at 301-432-8065. Arts and Crafts Fair The 27th annual Arts and Crafts Fair will feature about 150 vendors. Gary Patterson will play bagpipes from 9 to 11 a.m., a DJ will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and singer/songwriter Ray Owen will entertain from 2 to 3:30 p.m. with a program including songs, stories and humor.
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By PAT SCHOOLEY | May 6, 2007
The small log house settles into a hollow facing Md. 85 just east of Buckystown, Md., in Frederick County and is a little way from its original Washington County home. The house originally stood along what is now Alternate U.S. 40, the Old National Pike. Built at the end of the 18th century or the beginning of the 19th, the house sat on the north side of the road, down the western slope of South Mountain, close to Md. 67, southeast of Boonsboro. Now near Buckystown, the house is newly refurbished, set on stone foundations with a large stone chimney on its west side.
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by TOM RIFORD | May 1, 2006
Editor's Note: The Washington County Commissioners are expected to designate this week Washington County History Week. To celebrate the week, The Herald-Mail is publishing a five-part series written by local historians about the events, people and products that shaped the county. One month after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776, Maryland held its first State Convention at the State House in Annapolis. On Sept. 6, 1776, the State Convention passed a resolution designating the land west of South Mountain a new county, Washington County, the new nation's first to be named for the Commander-In-Chief of the Continental Army.
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by JESSICA DAVIS | July 28, 2003
Editor's note: Washington County was the first and is the oldest of 31 counties in the United States to be named after the country's first president, George Washington. This weekly series each Monday seeks out other places and items in the county that hold the title of "the oldest. " jessicad@herald-mail.com BOONSBORO - Many Civil War soldiers and generals, as well as an occasional ghost or two, have stepped through the doors of Washington County's oldest restaurant, the Old South Mountain Inn near Boonsboro.
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by ANDREA ROWLAND | September 16, 2002
andrear@herald-mail.com BURKITTSVILLE, Md. - A Civil War educational group on Saturday dedicated interpretive signs that members hope will increase public awareness about a key battle fought on South Mountain near Burkittsville. Exactly 140 years after Confederate and Union troops clashed at Crampton's Gap on Sept. 14, 1862, members of the Virginia-based Blue and Gray Education Society met at the battlefield site in South Mountain State Park to dedicate 17 color-illustrated and narrative signs that commemorate the battle.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | September 16, 2002
julieg@herald-mail.com Lucky Dylan Shafer. The first re-enactment he ever saw was Friday's Battle at Fox's Gap with thousands of re-enactors on both sides and Hollywood special effects to bolster the action. "It was cool. I liked how it was real loud and that it was real," said Dylan, 11, of Severn, Md. "People really fell and they really shot guns. " Truth be told, no one actually got shot, many re-enactors took their time falling after being "shot" and the guns only held a smidgen of gunpowder.
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By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | September 11, 1999
ROHRERSVILLE - Three people from Washington County have been appointed by Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening to a task force studying the feasibility of creating a state park at South Mountain. Daniel P. Spedden, of Boonsboro, will be vice chairman of the South Mountain Battlefield Historic Tourism Initiative Task Force. Spedden will represent the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Also from Washington County are Joseph L. Motter of Rohrersville, who is a member of the Friends of Gathland State Park; and Barbara A. Rodenhiser, a member of Friends of Washington Monument State Park.
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