Cumberland, Maryland (Clubs, Taverns and Saloons)
2. What purposes did the taverns and saloons of Cumberland serve?
Taverns were located in Cumberland as early as the days of the stagecoach. The taverns were used as rooming houses as well as rest stops for the stagecoach passengers. Also, taverns were, in the early days, a gathering place for friends to talk, play cards, and drink their favorite beverage. Taverns were the scene where politicians, when campaigning, made speeches. Many taverns were located on the National Pike as it went through Cumberland.
3. Were there many private clubs in Cumberland? Where were they located? What were their names? What purpose did they serve?
Over the years there were many private clubs, both social and fraternal, in Cumberland. In 1871 there were three Odd Fellow Lodges, three Masonic Lodges, Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Good Templers, the Redmen, the Grand Army of the Republic, and a great number of church societies. These were private orders. Only members were allowed to attend.
In 1890 there were the B.P.O. Elks, the Germania Maennachor, a singing society, and the Independent Order B'nai B'rith, a Jewish society. In the early 1900's, in addition to the above, there were the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, the Patriotic Order, Sons of America, the Knights of the Golden Eagles, the Knights of the Maccabees, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Knights of Columbus, the Woodmen of America, the Eastern Star, and the Order of Owls. Again, all of the above were fraternal orders. Some of the social but private clubs were the Fort Cumberland Club on Prospect Square, the Knights of
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976