South Mountain Summit

South Mountain Summit (HMDD)

Location: Middletown, MD 21769 Fairfax County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 29.067', W 77° 37.161'

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What an Ideal Location for a Break!

As early as 1750, Robert Turner bought land here on the top of South Mountain. The date of construction is unknown, but by 1790 a full-fledged inn was in operation at "Turner's Gap." Since then, the building has been in almost continuous use as an inn, tavern or private residence.

After the steep climb up South Mountain's slope, horsemen, stagecoach drivers and passengers, even drover and teamsters, reveled in the luxury of the famous "Mountain House." During its heyday, the inn boasted 21 rooms, including a bathhouse and a bowling alley. Utilitarian barns, pens, outhouses, a blacksmith shop, and smoke house surrounded it.

(sidebar) Beware of the "Snarly Yow." Legend has it that the shadow of a black dog used to prowl the heights of South Mountain. One night, a huntsman, famous as a sure shot, encountered the beast. He aimed and fired his rifle. The shot went right through the animal with no effect. He fired again and again, each shot passing through the shadowy beast. Finally overcome with dread, the huntsman fled.
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HM NumberHMDD
Series This marker is part of the The Historic National Road series
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Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 7:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 274725 N 4373814
Decimal Degrees39.48445000, -77.61935000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 29.067', W 77° 37.161'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 29' 4.02" N, 77° 37' 9.66" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6307 Appalachian Trail, Middletown MD 21769, US
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