Hagan's Tavern

Hagan's Tavern (HMTH)

Location: Frederick, MD 21702 Frederick County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 25.421', W 77° 29.609'

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If walls could talk..

The National Road has borne witness to many notorious comings and goings. The quiet atmosphere you'll find at Hagan's Tavern today is quite different from the raucous bawdiness of yesteryear. This tavern was a "place where the old bloats of the neighborhood would gather on Saturday and public days to run horses, fight chickens, drink bad whiskey, and black each others eyes."

It was also a political stomping ground where "cooping" commonly occurred, a practice "where politicians would lure all the poor white voters they could muster to the inn. There the election hopefuls would feed the voters the best food that they could, see that new poker playing cards were at hand, and make sure the whiskey glasses never went dry." The voters were then taken quickly to cast their ballots.

(Sidebar): Braddock's Road
Long before the National Road, General Braddock marched through here, observing that western Maryland was "almost uninhabited, but by a parcel of banditti who call themselves Indian traders." The roughhewn log ancestors of taverns like Hagen's were both Indian trading posts and primitive lodgings. One traveler complained that "I spent the night in a bed with four other godforsaken souls; never knowing whether I would get my pocket picked or be carried off by vermin."
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HM NumberHMTH
Series This marker is part of the Braddock's Road and Maj. Gen. Edward Braddock series, and the The Historic National Road series.
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Placed ByAmerica's Byways
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 12:58pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 285365 N 4366761
Decimal Degrees39.42368333, -77.49348333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 25.421', W 77° 29.609'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 25' 25.26" N, 77° 29' 36.54" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5018 Old National Pike, Frederick MD 21702, US
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