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 Community Profile: Towns
     Friendsville
Garrett County’s oldest settlement was named for its founder, John Friend Sr. (For more, see “Garrett County – A History” on p. 27.) Following the establishment
of the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad, the town became an important shipping point for lumber. Today, Friendsville is conveniently located along I-68.
Vacationers flock to Friendsville for adventure sports, including great opportunities for whitewater rafting along the Youghiogheny River. The Youghiogheny, as well as Bear Creek, are two of the most significant trout waters in Maryland, and there are scenic hiking trails along the Youghiogheny River on the Kendall Trail.
Local businesses include Precision Rafting, Wilderness Voyageurs and Demaree
Inflatable Boats. Those interested in genealogical research will find records at the Friend Family Association of America’s headquarters, at First and Maple Streets.
Population: 623 Elevation: 1,549 feet Incorporated: 1902
Grantsville
Grantsville is located east of Friendsville, and also sits along I-68.
The tract of land that would become Grantsville was originally called “Cornucopia.” It later became “Grant’s Village,” in honor of innkeeper Daniel Grant. The town benefited from its location along a route constructed to provide passage for troops during the French and
PHOTO BY TIMOTHY JACOBSEN
Indian War. (For more, see “Garrett County – A History” on p. 27.) That route later became the National Road, drawing more business and settlers to the area.
The area’s must-see attraction is Casselman Bridge, built to carry the National Road across the Casselman River. Built in 1813, it was the largest stone arch in America at the time. The bridge is open to foot traffic, and the surrounding Casselman River Bridge State Park is a popular fly-fishing spot. Nearby, the Spruce Forest Artisan Village preserves the area’s cultural heritage. Visit working artisans housed in log cabins and explore the school house and church.
Population: 711 Elevation: 2,414 feet Incorporated: 1864
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