FIRST STOP IN WESTER MARYLAND
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CASTLEMAN STATE PARK

BROWN-PUSEY HOUSE, MASTER SUITE

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BUILT IN 1820 BY J Y HILL, IT LATER BECAME A BOARDING HOUSE RUN BY AUNT BECK HILL.  IN 1871, GERORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER AND HIS WIFE ELIZABETH, MOVE TO ELIZABETHTOWN KENTUCKY.  THEY STAYED AT AUNT BECK'S HOUSE AND TOOK ALL THEIR MEALS THERE.  AUNT BECK RAN A TIGHT SHIP, TELLING GENERAL JOHNT HUNT MORGAN, THAT HIS PROFANITY WOULD NOT BE TOLERATED AT HER HOUSE.  SHE WAS A GREAT COOK AND MADE THE BEST COFFEE FOR MILES AROUND. CUSTER SAID HE ENJOYED THE OLD LADIES BISCUITS AND APPLESAUCE ON A DAILY BASIS.  LIBBY CUSTER SAID OF ELIZABETHTOWN, "IT IS THE DULLEST, STILLEST TOWN, NOTHING HAPPENS HERE AT ALL, SAVE THE SHERRIF CAN BE HEARD CRYING HEAR YE THREE TIMES FROM THE COURTHOUSE." THE GENERAL WAS KNOWN TO PLAY CHESS WITH A JUDGE IN HIS OFFICE, WHICH MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE AUNT BECK HILL HOUSE OR AS IT IS KNOWN TODAY, THE "BROWN-PUSEY" HOUSE.
IN THE 1920'S THE BROWN'S BOUGHT THE PROPERTY AND FIXED IT UP.  IT STAYED IN THE BROWN-PUSEY FAMILY UNTIL SOLD AND REOPENED AS A RENTAL PROPERTY FOR WEDDINGS AND OTHER EVENTS.  THERE IS ALSO A MUSUEM IN THE LOWER PART OF THE HOUSE, WHICH CONTAINS MANY HISTORICAL ITEMS RELATED TO THE TOWN AND ITS PROMINENT MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY.

WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO GET A PERSONAL TOUR OF THE HOUSE FOR COL. JOSHUA CHAMBERLAIN, 20TH MAINE, HERO OF LITTLE ROUNTOP AT GETTYSBURG, AND TWYLANE WAS VERY GRACIOUS  TO TALK TO US DESPITE SEVERAL EVENTS AT THE HOUSE THAT DAY INCLUDING A WEDDING!  HOPE ALL WENT WELL FOR YOUR DAUGHTER'S BIG DAY JERRY! 

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ON OUR WAY TO KENTUCKY WE STOPPED AT SEVERAL PLACES, ONE OF WHICH WAS THE CASSELMAN RIVER BRIDGE CIRCA 1811, WESTERN MARYLAND, PART OF CASTELMAN STATE PARK NEAR GRANTSVILLE.  THIS OUT OF THE WAY SPOT HAS IT ALL, A QUAINT VILLAGE CALLED THE PEN ALPS VILLAGE.  DOUG AND I CHECKED IT OUT AND IT FELT VERY PEACEFUL.  LATER NEAR THE YODER HOUSE, WE GOT EVPS OF SOMEONE SAYING "WHERE DID YOU PUT THE FLASHLIGHT?".  YOU NEVER KNOW!

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BUILT AROUND 1811, THIS WAS THE LONGEST CONTIUALLY USED SINGLE ARCH STONE BRIDGE IN THE COUNTRY FROM 1811-1952.  IT SERVED TRAVELERS ALONG THE NATIONAL PIKE FOR YEARS AND WAS REPAIRED MANY TIMES.  GENERAL BRADDOCK FORDED THIS STREAM(LITTLE YOUGHEGHANY) ON HIS WAY TO THE ILL FATED FORT DUQUENSE ATTACK.  TODAY YOU CAN CROSS IT INTO A SMALL ARTISTS VILLAGE WHERE PEACEFUL FEELINGS ABIDE.

ITS THE JOURNEY, NOT THE TRIP.