Notes on the Pike, page 3
in Uniontown, Pa. This old tavern is a stone building, on the north side of the road (near top on east side). In after years it became celebrated as a resort for hog drovers, under the management of WILLIAM SHEETS. It was kept as a tavern after Hoblitzel left it, and before the time of Sheets by Thomas Beall." p. 211 Searight.
"WILLIAM SHEETZ was born in Washington County, Maryland. His father removed to what afterwards became Frostburg when the former was a child. William was raised here on a farm and also learned tanning, which was the family trade. He also had experiences on 'The Stage-Box' as well as teamster on the National Road. He drifted into hotel keeping when in mature life. He kept an Inn on Negro Mountain where it is fearfully bleak and cold in the winter but most charming in the summer on account of its bracing atmosphere and its magnificent and far-reaching view. No better place for hay-fever sufferers. It was the drover's retreat. How the 'cow-boys' and 'pig pelters' would pelt their halting animals to reach this favorite resort; and well they might, for they were always well cared for and fed of the best, and not allowed too much cheap whiskey. (By 'cheap' is meant cheap in price not quality.) Sheetz was remarkable for his quiet and gentlemanly demeanor. Indeed he was an oldtime Maryland gentleman. He kept up the business with an adjoining farm until the road and its traffic went down. In the spring of 1855 he removed to Iowa with his grown family." p. 124 "Brown's Miscellanies1'
2 HIRAM SUTTON was the son-in-law of Jared Clary. He kept the Sand Springs tavern down to the year of 1852 when he moved to Parkersburg, W. Va. p. 206 Searight
3—COONROD'S TAVERN. "A short distance west of Sand Springs on the side (east) of Big Savage Mountain an old wagon stand was kept by one Cheney, afterward by Jacob Conrod (Coonrod-Conrad). It is a stone house on the south side of the road. In Cheney's time at this house, Henry Clay Rush, who was an old waggoner, says that metallic mugs were used for drinking purposes instead of glasses. He further states that the mugs were clean and probably used through deference to the pure whiskey of that day." p. 206 Searight
"I shall treat of those who lived and acted in what is now Garrett County, commencing at its eastern limits with William Conrad, who for many years kept the tavern on the eastern slope of Savage Mountain, afterwards at the 'Sand Springs.' He was a respectable man, and kept a like hotel, noted for a plentiful table of substantial and even delicate fare. He was the last survivor of the jury that convicted George Swearington (first murder trial in Allegany County, Md.) of wife-murder in 1829, save one. He was once or more county commissioner, and held other public trusts. He died in Frostburg soon after the war
Editor: Felix G. Robinson
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland
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Western Maryland, 1750-1963