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Washington Along the Highway – Pic of the Week

A historical marker depicting George Washington on horseback. Photo by Robert Brammer

A marker depicting George Washington on horseback. Photo by Robert Brammer.

While driving through Frederick, Maryland, I passed by an unusual marker that appeared to be a man riding on horseback. I stopped to take a closer look, and found that it read, “George Washington Traveled this Road,” with George Washington’s name being depicted as his signature. The top of the marker also features Washington riding his horse.

I did some research and located information about the marker on the Maryland Historical Trust website. The Trust says these markers were installed in 1932 by committees of the Maryland Commission for the Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Washington and the Society for the Preservation of Maryland Antiquities along the roads traveled by Washington.  It was interesting to find that this particular marker has not yet been listed on their site, so this marker might bring the total number of identified surviving markers of this type to eight. Have you come across any interesting pieces of Americana during a roadtrip? Let us know in the comments.

 

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