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Sharpsburg Founder's Day Lecture Series: Sharpsburg Merchants

Ongoing Opportunities

  • July 6 at 3 PM

The town of Sharpsburg was established in 1763 at the intersection of the wagon road from Philadelphia to Virginia and the road to Swearingen’s Ferry.  It is said that an early Indian trading post occupied the crossroads before Joseph Chapline platted his new town. Situated in the heart of one of the most fertile agricultural districts in Maryland, Sharpsburg quickly became the market town for farmers in the area.  From David Miller’s 1770s shop of sundries and hardware through Kretzer’s Market and Nutter's Ice Cream, the numerous Sharpsburg storefronts teemed with commercial activity.  This presentation will visit the history of some of those storefronts and provide a picture of the busy commercial legacy of this rural market town.

Edie Wallace is an historian living in the Sharpsburg area. She has a Master of Arts degree in Historic Preservation from Goucher College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Delaware, and a Certificate in Historic Preservation from Shepherd University. Ms. Wallace led historical research and historic context development services for Paula S. Reed and Associates for 20 years. She is currently self-employed as an independent historian and serves as President of the non-profit Friends of Tolson’s Chapel, dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of the historic Tolson’s Chapel in Sharpsburg, Maryland.