Welcome to Mt. Airy. I drove through this town on Saturday to pick up meat for a barbeque competition from the local butcher shop in town, Wagners. (the competition was out of state, so sadly we can’t include any pictures) I snapped a few photos and I’ll share them over the next few weeks.
Though people had lived in the area since the prior century, the town really developed in the 1830′s as the B&O came through it and built a station there. It’s the perfect example of how towns would develop throughout the 19th century around new sources of transportation. For this reason, it is significantly intertwined with tomorrow’s post. However, it’s also intertwined with this week’s other mini theme: the battle of Gettysburg.
If you are one of those people who follows the Maryland Civil War Trails signage, you are probably used to stories like that of Mt Airy. During the civil war, troops occupied Mt Airy to largely protect the railroad. Its other piece of Civil War trivia comes from the fact that on June 29th, on his controversial path away from both armies and from the town of Gettysburg, J.E.B. Stuart and his cavalry passed through the town of Mt Airy.
One other fun fact about Mt Airy is that it straddles two counties: Frederick and Carroll.