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Cumberland, Maryland (Virginia Avenue)

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On October 30, 1869, the first annual fair of the Agricultural and Mechanical Society of Allegany County and West Virginia and Pennsylvania was announced. The first annual exhibition of the Society was on the fairgrounds on Virginia Avenue beginning on Tuesday, November 9, 1869. It continued four days. Ladies exhibited articles of their handiwork, for which liberal premiums were provided. Fine horses were on the grounds each day, and some beautiful speed trials could be seen. A number of distinguished gentlemen were invited, amongst them President U. S. Grant and Governor Bowie, and were expected to be present. J. P. Roman was president and Will H. Lowdermilk was the secretary.

By 1894 the fairgrounds had been moved to the extreme end of Virginia Avenue and was bordered in the back by the C&O Canal. The fairgrounds remained there until 1917 and was known as the Tri-State Driving Club. At that time the grounds were sold for a building development. To the right of Virginia Avenue between Oldtown Road and Boone Street and facing west was Black's Grove, a popular picnic grounds.

On September 9, 1887, a story in the Daily News told of a Vinegar Hill mystery about an alleged "jabberwock." The section of town known as Vinegar Hill was convulsed the day before by no ordinary excitement. "The stranger who entered upon the territory extending from the head of Maryland Avenue to the steelworks could see at a glance that something unusual was astir. What was it all about? A jabberwock had been seen. The gentle reader may ask, 'Pray, what is a jabberwock?' Well, jabberwock is a word to express an animate object which nobody ever before saw. The word is not found in Webster; it means more than freak and sounds weird and mysterious." Early


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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