Yesterday’s markers located just down a hill from this building. I’ll explain why in a minute.
This building is the continuation of our tour of county courthouses. Today we have the Allegany County courthouse, built after … that’s right…. a fire destroyed the original courthouse, in the late 1800′s. This courthouse also sits above the location of Fort Cumberland. Though the fort no longer exists, those markers from yesterday denote the fort’s boundaries. The church adjacent to this site, which is visible here, is directly over the location of the barracks of the fort. In fact, in this area, tunnels still exist which were used to move between buildings in the fort.
The fort is significant in that it is a British fort in Maryland, unlike some of the other’s we’ve visited, it was never used by the American government. It’s also famous as a stopping point in the British attack and retreat from the french as well as for a certain general with wooden teeth and a distaste for cherry trees who was the leader of a regiment there.