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George Rinehart page 4

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may no banking institution ever prostrate them'), David Rinehart, Thomas Drane, R. Jamieson and others. Evidently liquid refreshments were plentyful. Some of the toasts were drunk standing."

The names mentioned in the above account indicate that representative people from every settlement in the county were present; both Catholics and Protestants, members of both political parties joined in the happy celebration. Meshack Browning in his book "Forty-Four Years of the Life of a Hunter" states that George Rinehart was the only democrat living in the county—a strong advocate of Jacksonian Democracy which has special significance in the following item also found in the Maryland Advocate:

"THE JACKSON PARTY of the Glades District met at George Rinehart's Tavern on July 26, 1834. Christian Nine was chairman, and Jonathan Rinehart secretary of the meeting. Resolutions were adopted, and George Rinehart and Joshua Kight were chosen as delegates to the county convention to be held in Cumberland, August 26, 1834."

The Journal of Peter Gortner now in the possession of his grandson, of Detroit, Michigan throws much light on the Rinehart Tavern:

(1)       In December 1848 Peter Gortner lodged in the Rinehart Tavern after he had travelled on foot from Pennsylvania into Virginia. On this trip he walked 142 miles through cold weather, mud, rain and high water.
(2)       July 3, 1853—"My wife and I attended communion at the Log Church of Sussan in Frozen Camp Run Glades."
(3)       Peter mentions that the Old Order Amish-Mennonite services were held at intervals in the Tavern from 1853 to 1880.
(4)       In another entry Peter Gortner states: "Mr. Jacob Yutzy Sr. bought this farm in 1849. He lived in the Tavern during this time, and during the Civil War. The barn yards were crowded with covered wagons for the night during this period."
(5)       In his Journal dated February 19, 1854 he states: "The Dutch Reformed services were held at the Log Church of Sussan."
(6)       Journal of January 13, 1856: "The Old Order Amish-Mennonite Church Services were held in the Tavern of George Rinehart. Rev. Beachy delivered the message of the morning."

The manner and custom of social life in the Rinehart Tavern had much in common with old European inns. In an article by Lord Winster of London, England there is this observation: "Manor Houses as well as monasteries provided hospitality for the traveler in the long ago. Even at the beginning of the seventeenth century manor houses were still opening themselves to rich travelers and giving shelter in wooden annexes to their retainers and to the lean-pursed pilgrims. Think of the tradition maintained by inn keepers in all the years since the Romans began to build roads across this country and established their inns bear-


Rev. J. C. Breuninger


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Editor: Felix G. Robinson

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

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

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