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This week’s #TBT photo was part of the B&O Railroad complex in Brunswick. Do you know what the building was?

Bonus points if you know what is there now!

foto-biene:

Frederick County, MD 2013
Torn down shortly after this was taken

readjustinghersails:

exploring frederick county’s covered bridges.

mdhsphotographs:

Revolutionary [War] barracks
Frederick, Maryland
September 1936
E.H. Pickering
Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) Collection
Maryland Historical Society
PP85.238.1
PP85.238.2

"The Historic American Buildings Survey is the nation’s first federal preservation program, begun in 1933 to document America’s architectural heritage." Read more about how the American Institute of Architects, Library of Congress, and National Park Service formed HABS on the NPS site.

MdHS purchased a set of the HABS collection from Library of Congress in 1965.

Browse through HABS photographs on the Library of Congress site. 

destroyed-and-abandoned:

Long neglected church on Lime Kiln Road, Frederick County, MD.

Source: podolux (flickr)

jimkeeley:

The Best Farm, Monocacy National Battlefield, Frederick, Maryland

The Best Farm comprises the southern 274 acres of what was originally a 748-acre plantation known as L’Hermitage, and was home to Victoire Vincendière. More

Our next #MuseumCat is Major Johnson Pope Gilbert, who lived at two shops on North Market Street in Frederick.
In the late 1800’s Thomas E. Pope made 20 North Market Street (pictured here) his home and business. Thomas Pope operated a tobacco wholesale and retail store, a trade that he most likely learned from his father John, who also was a tobacconist. In the 1890’s George Gilbert operated his boot and shoe store along side Pope’s shop. Though both men were doing a profitable business it seems that their cat named Major Johnson Pope Gilbert was monopolizing most of the headlines. 
The first appearance that features the Major in the newspaper, is his celebrated return home on July 25, 1894, after a disappearance of a few days. The Major makes the news once again on April 13, 1894… 

A Distinguished Cat 
Major Johnson Pope Gilbert is the name of a fine large cat which has for sometime past made its headquarters at the store of Geo. A. Gilbert, on North Market street. Major is about nine years of age and weighs thirteen and one-half pounds. He is well known about the neighborhood and is generally looked upon as a privileged character. Major makes frequent visits about meal time to the residence of Thos. E. Pope, but soon comes home and takes his afternoon nap. He is generally peaceful and quiet, but if tantalized will make it unpleasant for his aggressor. 

Sadly, on September 14, 1895, the newspaper posts Major Johnson Pope Gilbert’s obituary. 

Death of The Major 
The fine large pet cat known as “Major Pope Gilbert,” and familiar to almost everyone on North Market street, died a few days ago., much to the sorrow of its friends. The cat was between ten and eleven years old and made its home at the stores of Messers. Geo. A. Gilbert and Thomas E. Pope. During the past few years it became too old to find food and was well taken care of by its masters. 

The Major must have been a very distinguished cat indeed to be remember by all of his friends and by us a 119 years later. 
- Jennifer Winter, Museum Operations Coordinator

Our next #MuseumCat is Major Johnson Pope Gilbert, who lived at two shops on North Market Street in Frederick.

In the late 1800’s Thomas E. Pope made 20 North Market Street (pictured here) his home and business. Thomas Pope operated a tobacco wholesale and retail store, a trade that he most likely learned from his father John, who also was a tobacconist. In the 1890’s George Gilbert operated his boot and shoe store along side Pope’s shop. Though both men were doing a profitable business it seems that their cat named Major Johnson Pope Gilbert was monopolizing most of the headlines. 

The first appearance that features the Major in the newspaper, is his celebrated return home on July 25, 1894, after a disappearance of a few days. The Major makes the news once again on April 13, 1894… 

A Distinguished Cat 

Major Johnson Pope Gilbert is the name of a fine large cat which has for sometime past made its headquarters at the store of Geo. A. Gilbert, on North Market street. Major is about nine years of age and weighs thirteen and one-half pounds. He is well known about the neighborhood and is generally looked upon as a privileged character. Major makes frequent visits about meal time to the residence of Thos. E. Pope, but soon comes home and takes his afternoon nap. He is generally peaceful and quiet, but if tantalized will make it unpleasant for his aggressor. 

Sadly, on September 14, 1895, the newspaper posts Major Johnson Pope Gilbert’s obituary. 

Death of The Major 

The fine large pet cat known as “Major Pope Gilbert,” and familiar to almost everyone on North Market street, died a few days ago., much to the sorrow of its friends. The cat was between ten and eleven years old and made its home at the stores of Messers. Geo. A. Gilbert and Thomas E. Pope. During the past few years it became too old to find food and was well taken care of by its masters. 

The Major must have been a very distinguished cat indeed to be remember by all of his friends and by us a 119 years later. 

- Jennifer Winter, Museum Operations Coordinator

Today, museums around the world are celebrating cats in their collections! Follow along with #MuseumCats.

Our first submission is a Byerly photograph of Frederick Brick Works employees and executives, ca. 1890. The man on the right in the second from bottom row is holding a small cat. I’ve cropped the photo so you can see this pair better.

There’s also a pit bull held by the man on the far right of the bottom row.

Interested in getting a copy of this photo? Call us and ask for catalog number P0924.

This week’s ‪#‎tbt‬ mystery pic was a postcard from our archives (PC1399) showing the fountain that once stood at the center of Emmitsburg’s town square at the intersection of modern-day Main St. and Seton Ave. The modern photo shows what this intersection looks like today.

A public well was built in the center square by 1823. In 1884, the town decided to replace the well with a fountain. Festivals, with music and other entertainment, were held to raise the money needed for its construction. The well was filled in, and E. G. Smyser built the fountain in its place in the spring of 1885.

When the roads were widened to accommodate automobiles, the fountain became a traffic obstacle. In 1926, the town government decided that a man needed to be stationed at the fountain to direct traffic during busy traffic times. Despite this precaution, a car crashed into the fountain and destroyed it only a year later. The city government then voted to sell and remove the fountain instead of repairing it.

There is some mystery surrounding where the fountain was then taken. One theory claims that it was moved to Frederick, where it became the 7th Street fountain in Frederick City. However, the true remains of the fountain have yet to be discovered.

More information about the Emmitsburg fountain can be found in this article written by the Emmitsburg Area Historical Society.

sehovde:

fredcohistory:

This week, our ‪#‎tbt‬ mystery pic goes out into the county. Where was this fountain? Bonus points if you can name the intersection!

Main Street & Seton Avenue in Emmitsburg! I went to kindergarten about a quarter-mile down the road to the right, and my parents ran a restaurant in the brick building on the left side of the square for a half-dozen years. 

Yay! Great work, and what a wonderful personal connection! We’ll share more info about the fountain this afternoon.