The westbound weather forecast is 1-3" of snow. I am doing more Berkeley Co. exploring this morning and leave for Uniontown this afternoon.
About 30 years ago I wrote to the Berkeley County Courthouse seeking the license for the marriage of William and Sarah. I knew they married in Martinsburg in 1846 but I wanted a copy of the license or some other documentation. My inquiry was answered by Don Wood who was President of the Berkeley County Historical Society. He sent me notarized copies of the marriage license and a record of the death of Mary Isabelle Grove, William and Sarah's first child who died at age 2 and was buried in Darkesville Cemetery according to the county records.
I left Martinsburg about 1:30 pm headed for Uniontown, PA but I got side tracked. The first diversion was in Williamsport MD where I was able to visit the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal aqueduct. That was a great find, totally unexpected but I had this national site to myself. The canal parallels the Potomac River and in the early 19th century it was another east west route. Today it is a bike/walk trail from Cumberland MD in western Maryland to DC in the east. My second diversion was Ft. Frederick in Maryland. This is also a national historical site. It is preserved just as it looked as a defense of the country during the French/Indian War which pre-dated the US Revolution. This was considered a outpost on our western frontier.
Again, the best part about visiting these places on a 20 degree January day is I HAVE THE PLACE TO MYSELF. Just as I experienced at Antietam I was the only person there. If you have ever visited a popular historical site in the summer during peak tourist season you often have to imagine what the place would look like with no one there. Well I get to experience it that way.
That two lane highway climbs and descends some pretty tough grades, particularly Mt. Summit which descends into Uniontown. I'm glad I got through that stretch since it began to snow just as I reached my hotel in Uniontown.