George Alfred Townsend, famous Civil War newspaper correspondent, journalist and author, was born on this block on January 30, 1841. Townsend’s novels and poetry reflect his deep love for his native region. His best-known historical novel, The Entailed Hat, recounts the legend of Patty Cannon, the notorious slave runner of the Eastern Shore. In the late 1880’s he designed and built “Gathland”, his architecturally unique estate in the mountains west of Frederick, Maryland. His home is now a state park.

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LOCATION: Georgetown. On State Route 9 (W. Market Street) approx. .01 mile south from Georgetown Circle, south side of road.