This Month in County History


George Washington apparently was no stranger to Howard County -- though his travels through the area were not always without incident, if the historical marker on U.S. 1 near the Waterloo Barracks of the State Police in any indication.

The marker notes that Thomas Spurrier's tavern once stood at a nearby crossroads connecting two important overland routes during the Colonial era. "George Washington stopped at least 25 times between 1789 and 1798," the marker states. "His diary noted July 18, 1795; 'Dined and lodged at Spurrier's where my sick horse died.'"

The marker adds that the Waterloo Inn later occupied the site, though it "did not survive into the 20th century."

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