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25701 Shady Ln SW

United States


Westernport’s first settlement is identified on a French military map dating from 1758. The map is currently on display at École Militaire in Paris. The settlement at that time had no name.

By 1774, it was known as Hardscrabble because the rocky soil made planting difficult. Some time in the mid-1790s, the name was changed to Westernport, with the town being the western-most navigable port on the Potomac River.

In the late 18th century and early to mid part of the 19th century, coal and timber was loaded onto flatboats where George’s Creek empties into the Potomac, then floated down to near Great Falls, Virginia, where the goods were unloaded, the boats broken up to sell as lumber, and the operators walking back to Westernport. The town was incorporated in 1859.

In 1886-87 the Piedmont and Cumberland Railway was built through Westernport, connecting the town to Cumberland, Maryland. The Waverly Street Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The Meyer Site was listed in 1973.

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