Williamsport, Maryland
With the opening of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in the area of 1834, Williamsport became a very popular waterfront town which benefited the economy. But then after a large flood the canals were shut down for good in 1924. The overflowing flooding waters of the River prevented General Robert E. Lee's army, on it's way to Gettysburg, from crossing and making it to safety in Virginia for several days.

There are many other attractions in the town of Williamsport. The Spring House on the historic Springfield farm, is located at the Northern end town. It was built by Col. Thomas Cresap in 1692. It is thought and said to be the first and oldest permanent building in Washington County. George Washington stayed at Spring House when he visited the town on October 14, 1791. Along with Washington another famous person stayed in Williamsport. His name is Abner Doubleday and he is known as the inventor of baseball, and he was in the the area while a captain in the Union Army during the Civil War. He crossed the Potomac at Williamsport and in 1861 built a breastwork now known as Doubleday Hill at the western end of the Riverview Cemetery.

Along with the many attractions of Williamsport just like any other town it carries legends and stories with it. Stories and legends that have been passed down from generation to generation. One of the most famous is the one told of the "Veiled Lady" who was once said to dress all in black, roam the town at night and chase children off the streets. The "lady" has been part of the town lore for more than 100 years. The story goes back to the original lady who supposedly was a local woman trying to catch her husband in a love affair. She dressed in black and in a veiled hat as a disguise to spy on her straying mate. The lady has been "reincarnated" from time to time and it remains to go on.

Williamsport is known for many things, the Potomac River and the Indians and soldiers that once stayed there and crossed, the famous people of history and time, and the legends. Also the old Cushwa Brick Basin which still remains. There has been a new one built which is today up in running. Williamsport is full of history and you are encouraged to come and see it for yourself.

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