The Apple Industry Historical

The Apple Industry Historical (HM1T9A)

Location: Hancock, MD 21750 Washington County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 38.894', W 78° 14.984'

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Western Maryland Rail Trail

For well over one hundred years the Hancock area has been at the heart of the Maryland Apple Industry. At the first part of the 20th Century, the gently rolling hills and vast open territories hosted over twelve major orchards. Some of the more noteworthy companies included J.A. Cohill, R.M. Daniels, John T. Mason, Glenn Allen, The Marvania Orchards and the Ridgefield Fruit Farms.

One of the largest producers, the American Fruit Growers, once claimed to have harvested 75,000 barrels of apples annually.

At this site, you can see the remains of a foundation that once was a packing shed. Typical construction was a wood framed and sided structure resting on a stone or concrete foundation. This packing shed was located next to a siding track, where apples could be sorted, packed, and loaded onto waiting freight cars.

Today, the apple industry in the Hancock area, as well as the Western Maryland Railway, is a memory of times past, but not forgotten.

Harvest time at the Brook Farm on Roundtop Road
Harvest time at the Cohill Orchard near Hancock
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HM NumberHM1T9A
Placed ByWestern Maryland Rail Trail
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 735979 N 4392331
Decimal Degrees39.64823333, -78.24973333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 38.894', W 78° 14.984'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 38' 53.64" N, 78° 14' 59.04" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301, 240
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Western Maryland Rail Trail, Hancock MD 21750, US
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