Boyd, Thomas Hulings Stockton.The History of Montgomery County, Maryland, from its earliest settlement in 1650 to 1879. Clarksburgh, MD [Baltimore, W. K. Boyle & son, printers], 1879; reprint, Baltimore: Regional Pub. Co, 1968.
Annotation / Notes: Written following the American, and the County's, Centennial, this work places special emphasis on land grants and prominent men. Includes a directory of the towns, villages, and residents.
Russo, Jean B. "The Early Towns of Montgomery County, 1747-1831." Montgomery County Story 34 (May 1991): 153-64.
Annotation / Notes: Montgomery County towns developed slow and were crossroad communities that served the County's agricultural community. The early towns were scattered across the county. They were not focussed on the southern boundary line as was common during the late twentieth century. Rockville, the county seat, remained in the shadow of the more cosmopolitan Georgetown into the mid-19th century.
Shomette, Donald.London Town: A Brief History. Londontown, MD: London Town Public House Commission, Inc., 1978.
Annotation / Notes: Londontown, located on the South River, was a very early example of successful town planning in Maryland. The community, however, did not have any long term success due to its economic base in the tobacco system.
Tracey, Grace L., and John P. Dern.Pioneers of Old Monocacy: The Early Settlement of Frederick County, Maryland, 1721-1743. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987.
Annotation / Notes: A history of that portion of Prince George's County that in 1748 became Frederick County as told through the stories of the original land patents and their owners. The appendix includes many handy lists including a list of 1733-1734 inhabitants, early German Settlers, and Frederick County Muster Rolls, ca. 1757.
Weeks, Christopher. "Bouncing Along the Post Road: Eighteenth Century Harford County as Seen by Travelers." Harford Historical Bulletin 57 (Summer 1993): 74-127.
Annotation / Notes: Annotated excerpts from ten contemporary descriptions of traveling along the post road. The authors include such well known Colonial figures as Dr. Alexander Hamilton, Charles Willson Peale, and Benjamin Henry Latrobe.
Way, Peter.Common Labor: Workers and the Digging of North American Canals, 1780-1860. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Annotation / Notes: This is a comprehensive examination of the digging of North American canals and the ensuing conflicts between labor and management. Working conditions and the organization of work changed drastically between 1780 and 1860. Much of the labor was provided by Irish workers, who were considered to be more expendable than slaves in the Middle Atlantic states. While other studies focus on their propensity to riot and fight amongst themselves in the 1830s, Way argues that this was due less to ethnic rivalries than to economic conditions and management's shabby treatment of labor. The records of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company provide much of the information upon which this study is based.
DeLony, Eric.Landmark American Bridges. Boston: Little, Brown, 1993.
Annotation / Notes: Few structures define the American experience, landscape, and spirit as well as bridges, according to the jacket copy. Maryland bridges for the National Road, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and the C&O Canal among other public works, loom large in this state-by-state collection by the chief of the Historic American Engineering Record, illustrated with photographs from the HAER collection.
Gray, Ralph D.The National Waterway, a History of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, 1769 -1965. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1967 (1985).
Annotation / Notes: Students of Maryland transportation and maritime development probably would agree that the canal is the most important per mile ever dug in the United States. Experts depend on this volume; lovers of lore may wish to add it to their libraries, said a Maryland Historical Magazine reviewer (84:401, Winter 1989).
Hulbert, Archer Butler.Historic Highways of America. Cleveland, OH: Arthur H. Clark, 1902-1905.
Annotation / Notes: Hulbert studied with frontier historian Frederick Jackson Turner and became fascinated with America's routes of inland migration and trade. Later, he became a history professor himself and a vigorous and prolific writer. This 16-volume series begins with The Paths of the Mound-Building Indians and concludes with The Future of Road-Making. (Vol. 16 is an index.) Washington's Road (Vol. 3), Braddock's Road (Vol. 4), and The Cumberland Road, (Vol. 10), deal with early roads to the west that passed through Maryland. Great American Canals (Vol.13) covers the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Hulbert's monumental work, both scholarly and brightly-written, has not been equalled in its field.
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