Burkittsville, A Brief History?
A "snapshot in time," Burkittsville style. Hmmmmm...
Nestled among the quaint small towns and rolling hills of Frederick County is the village of Burkittsville, Maryland. Named after an early settler by the name of Henry Burkitt, Burkittsville remains a portrait of what "life" must have been like in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Main Street flourished with places of worship, residences, and stores while being surrounded by fields, mountainous views and a "dense woods" to the west.
In September of 1862, Union troops forced residents to flee as the "Battle of Crampton's Gap" commenced which led to the "Battle of Antietam". The homes that were used by the Union Sixth Army Corps. for hospitals and shelter remain untouched by time and war.
Three years post war in 1865, George Alfred Townsend, a noted Maryland author took up residence in Burkittsville. In the years to come he would play an instrumental role in the creation of the War Correspondents Arch, which stands at Crampton's Gap in the Gathland State Park.
Today, the residents of Burkittsville lead their lives surrounded by beauty and nature. Their town etched in time, almost as though the town itself were a ghost from the past.
Be sure to take a "Walking Tour" if [when] you visit Burkittsville.
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