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Small Town... With a Spectacular History, page 3

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have a far greater tourist attraction than Oakland, Maryland. Nevertheless those who visit renowned places like Stratford-on-Avon could find much to interest them in Oakland. They go to Stratford-on-Avon because it is the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Perhaps they might want to look around this slumless village perched on top of the Alleghenies. For more than a century famous people have visited here, and some have made it their summer home.

No sooner had the train climbed the mountains than prominent writers came to see the endless forests, fish for trout in the tumbling streams, and do some writing. Between George Bancroft and John Dos Passos there have been many who have explored the idyllic landscape surrounding it. S. Weir Mitchell, physician and novelist, built his summer home, "The Four Winds", nearby. Lew Wallace while writing Ben Hur stayed with his old friend ex-Governor Francis Thomas. Porte


Felix G. Robinson

Phoebe Key, oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Scott Key; wife of Major Charles Howard of the Civil War. The child is Mae Howard, daughter of McHenry Howard, and granddaughter of Phoebe Key Howard. Courtesy of Bridget Maroney, Oakland, Maryland.


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

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

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