Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A View From Western Maryland

Tomlinson's Inn

Jessie Tomlinson, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, built this house in 1816 and it bacame known as Tomlinson's Inn. The Inn, now a private residence, is located just 3 miles east of Grantsville, MD. Jessie built the stone building just up the hill from a location known as Little Meadows.

It was here, in the meadow, where General Braddock of the British Army setup his 4th campsite on his ill-fated march to Fort Duquense on July 15, 1755. Among his officers was a somewhat known young man from Virginia by the name of George Washington.

Some of the more notable persons that either stayed at or visited the Inn includes Presidents-elect James K. Polk and William Henry Harrison as well as Meriwether Lewis leader of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. The residence itself is comprised of two full stories as well an attic and basement.

On December 17, 1840 Jessie Tomlinson passed away at the age of 87. His burial place is located about 1/2 mile north of the stone building in a place known as the Tomlinson Cemetery.

This photo was taken with a 5mp P&S camera. ISO was set at 100 and the exposure was 1/1250 sec @f/5.6. In Photoshop Elements I cropped out part of the road that runs in front of the building as well as a couple of power lines ( I wanted a clean view). I adjusted levels for proper color and after re-sizing I added just a touch of sharpening.

On the National Road that runs through Maryland there are many such little known historical places and they are there to be found by those who will just look for them. Tomlinson's Inn is but one of many.

Yeah, this is a view from my historical world and you welcome to it.


  1. I like that building...thanks for the details about it, I never knew the story.

  2. Glenn I love the contrast you've gotten. The detail of the brick is so vivid, not overshaded and at the same time, not harsh or washout. Great job with the exposure settings

  3. Huh, I had never seen this building before. thank you for the history lesson...I love mind imagines how it all must have looked as they set up camps, stood in formations much history, so much soul on those sacred grounds...