Created By: Kristin Bowl
This walking tour of Boonsboro, Maryland was created on behalf of the Boonsboro Historical Society.
Walking tour stops 1-34 are located within downtown Boonsboro. Stops 35-38 are worthy of touring, but a farther distance. All within 3 miles of downtown Boonsboro, but will likely require travel by car.
A brief history of Boonsboro:
1725- Settlers were moving through the area on the “Conestoga Path” on their way to Virginia in an effort to get families to settle Western Maryland. Lord Baltimore began offering grants to settlers. In 1738 Captain George Beale patterned 100 acres which includes present dayBoonsboro.
1755- General Braddock and his army, accompanied by George Washington, passed through this area on their way to battle the French and Indians at Fort Duquesque. After their defeat most of the population was forced to leave the area because of Indian attacks.
1792- William Boone, with help from his brother George, established the town and sold the first of 44 lots. A post office was opened in 1801, and by 1803 there were
24 houses. The 1820 census shows a population of 395 whites, 7 free blacks, and 26 slaves.
1810- An all-weather road was completed from Baltimore to Boonsboro, bringing rapid growth and prosperity to the area. The National Pike passed down Main Street. Many businesses were established to service the flourishing traffic. By 1830 the population had grownto 707.
1823- The first macadam road in the United States stretched from Boonsboro to Hagerstown.
1827- On July 4th, the citizens of Boonsboro erected and dedicated the first monument in the nation to George Washington.
1831- Boonsboro became incorporated and held the first town election. Jonathan Shafer was elected as the first burgess (mayor).
1902- The Hagerstown-Frederick Electric Railroad Company began trolley service through Boonsboro. The station closed in 1938.
1939- Shafer Park was dedicated after being built during the Depression by the Work Progress Administration.
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