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The two doors on the sunlit side of the building were separate entrances for men and women when the building was built in 1759, but for many years the common entrance under the porch has been used.

As can be easily imagined, collecting maple sap in buckets is highly labor-intensive.

This marsh was once dammed up to serve as a boat basin on the adjoining C & O Canal, and it was called Poly Ponds. Boat basins were used sort of like a "railroad yard" for canal boats, i.e. they were used as places where canal boats were loaded and unloaded, stored and repaired. It has been reclaimed by nature since the maintenance of the Canal ended about 1924.

This is the Potomac River, as seen from the C&O Canal towpath, at Dam #5. The red brick building is a small, rather elderly, hydroelectric power station, and is still generating electricity, creating a humming noise in the air.

While the sign suggests a school, the local Hancock "Old Timers" say this was never a school. They say it was actually housing for the workers in the local orchards, which were shut down in the early 1980's, when the use of migrant labor was prohibited. Prior to the construction of the nearby interstate highways, this site was within walking distance of the former elementary school at PA Ave. and High St.

Cacapon Mountain in the distance.

While it is now commonly called the National Road, because it extends the National Road from Cumberland Maryland, east to the vicinity of Baltimore, the Road from the Baltimore vicinity to Cumberland, MD was technically called The Bank Road. It was called this because Maryland Banks financed it, not the Federal Government The building at the left is featured in Panoramio #5099361.

This bridge, while perfectly safe and strong, is like a carnival ride to walk across. My dog HATED it, as she was convinced that anything that moves so much cannot be safe.

This is way too high from the level of Sideling Hill Creek to have been an alternate channel. The location is approximate to about 500'. This land was later offered for sale as "valuable coal and iron properties."

This rifled cannon dates to 1864. For years it was in Taylor Park, but was moved probably for security reasons to the town Museum.


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