MDALLEGA-L ArchivesArchiver > MDALLEGA > 2002-08 > 1028726163
Subject: Re: [MDALLEGA] Frostburg book
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2002 09:16:03 EDT
Whew. I know sometimes I mis-remember things. As nice as it was for those
folks to redo the Searight book, it may be up to some outfit like
Genealogical Publishing Co. in Baltimore to do an actual facsimile edition.
What made the book so unique was the depth of interviewing that Searight did
with the surviving stage drivers, so that almost every nook and cranny along
the Pike was detailed.
Another book that's worth looking at for similar reasons is "A Journey to
Ohio in 1810," by Margaret Van Horn Dwight. It was her journal kept during
the wagon trip from Connecticutt to Ohio, and while they didn't pass through
western Maryland, they did follow the wagon road that eventually became US 30
through Bedford. It's quite a valuable document, just for the first-hand
reporting of what a typical family trek would have been like back then. It's
published by Bison Books (University of Nebraska Press), and sells for around
6 or 7 dollars in paperback.