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The 18th Amendment in Cumberland

On Jan 16 1789, Congress passed the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the manufacture, transport or sale of intoxicating liquors. (Citizens of Cumberland voted nearly two to one against the idea.) Bars closed while speakeasies flourished, and near-beer...

Jane Frazier – frontiers woman

Jane Frazier was born January 1, 1735. Her life is an example of the hardships endured by the early settlers to the Cumberland area. The Maryland Gazette of October 9, 1755, reported that Indians had carried off a woman from Frazier’s Plantation, near the mouth...

1930s unrest at Celanese plant

In 1918, the Cellulose & Chemical Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (the ‘Celanese’) was opened in Cumberland, Maryland . At times, the plant employed more than 5,000. Most worked about 10 hours a day, six days a week, and earned less than $10 a week.  . Whole...

Do we belong to Dixie?

On November 14 1763, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon began surveying the Mason-Dixon line between Maryland and Pennsylvania. The line was established to end a boundary dispute between the British colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania/Delaware. The most serious...