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Friday, March 15, 2013

The Rossborough Inn

 Having lived all my life in the Maryland suburbs, I'm not used to seeing old buildings during my daily routine.  That's why a structure built two centuries ago to serve travelers between Washington and Baltimore stands out.  Construction of the Rossborough Inn began in 1798 on what is now U.S.Route 1, so it goes back to before there was a college on the surrounding land.  What became the University of Maryland was chartered as Maryland Agricultural College half a century later, and as it grew it encompassed the Inn which has been in continuous use for events and offices since.

In April, 1864, the Inn was occupied by the Confederate Army who were welcomed by the students and faculty which is characteristic of the sympathies of many Marylanders at that time.  Locals joined the Rebel officers in an evening party during their stay.

The Rossborough has long been rumored to be haunted because of numerous sightings of ghostly figures over the years and as late as 1981 by a presumably sober University employee.

I noticed this plaque from the class of 1910 for a gateway along side the Inn.  One of the names on the right column is Millard E. Tydings who became a noted United States Senator from Maryland and whose step-son, Joseph also served as a Senator.  The elder Tydings has a hall at the University named for him and also a bridge across the Susquehanna River near the family estate.


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  2. Hi Doug: Cool! Nice bit o'history.

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