Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dowden's Ordinary -- The Daughters' Mistake

In 1915, Robert Bruce, touring manager of AAA, drove along a dirt road marked with red, white and blue "National Old Trails Road" markers near Clarksburg, Maryland. He observed a large boulder recently "erected by Daughters of the American Revolution to mark the site of Dowden's Ordinary the second camp of Braddock in Maryland." In his small book with a long name, he  remarked that "A portion of this old building is still standing, much dilapidated, after a hundred and sixty years."


The National Road : most historic thoroughfare in the United States, and eastern division of the National Old Trails ocean-to-ocean highway, Baltimore and Washington to Frederick, Hagerstown, Cumberland and Frostburg, Maryland, Uniontown, Brownsville and Washington, Pennsylvania, and Wheeling, West Virginia by Robert Bruce.
   

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Last Indian Outrage

As Jan and I were driving down the Shenandoah Valley Pike (Virginia Route 11), we stopped at this Virginia historical marker.

Historical marker, 2 miles south of Woodstock, Virginia
I remembered seeing it in the guidebook I left back in our Strasburg motel room. But...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Clash of the Martyrs

In Alexandria, at the corner of Pitt and King Streets, on the wall of the Monaco Hotel is a bronze plaque commemorating the site of the Marshall House hotel and the death of James W. Jackson. 


What's this all about?