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     Casselman River Bridge
Spanning 80 feet, this bridge was the longest single arch stone bridge in America when it was built in 1813. The bridge is still open to pedestrians and is located in the smallest
of Maryland’s State Parks, complete with picnic sites and access for fly fishing on the Casselman.
You can access an interactive map and obtain guidance for self-guided tours via the heritage area website (garrettheritage.com). Here, you can also learn more about our heritage and historic sites. Immerse yourself in a virtual tour that will give you a sneak peek of some of our popular historic attractions. The town of Friendsville has also created an interactive history tour with historical markers and online interactive features to learn about the town’s deep roots (friendsville.org).
Funded in part by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority
Garrett County:
A History
Garrett is Maryland’s second-largest county, and its youngest. Until 1872, it was part of Allegany County, which is now Garrett’s neighbor to the east.
Garrett County’s name derives from John Garrett, president of the B&O Railroad at the time the county was established. The Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad played a major role in the area’s economic growth during the second half of the 19th century.
Of course, the area’s history goes back much further than that. Prior to European settlement, Garrett County had been
a source of natural bounty for several Native American tribes more than 4,000 years ago.
The French and Indian War marked a major milestone for Garrett County, as an Indian trail in the area was widened in 1755 to accommodate General Braddock’s army. Beginning in 1811, the National Road was built over that same trail. Some of those who passed along
PHOTO BY TIMOTHY JACOBSEN
this road on their way to Pennsylvania liked the area and stayed, eventually forming the town of Grantsville.
Prior to the Revolutionary War, Garrett County had been only sparsely settled. The first settlement, “Friend’s Fortune,” was established in 1765 by John Friend Sr. and his brothers. Today, it is known as Friendsville.
In the 1850s, construction of the B&O brought railroad workers, who cut timber and mined coal. The railroad drew more settlers, as well as the first vacationers, to Garrett County.
Once the war ended, Garrett continued as a holiday destination, with towns such as Oakland, Deer Park and Mountain Lake Park prospering as a result. Several summer resorts were built in the area, and in 1886, President Grover Cleveland and his wife spent their honeymoon at one of them.
For those interested in learning more about Garrett’s history and heritage, visit garrettheritage.com for resources, virtual tours, itineraries and much more!
A Window
to the Past
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