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I smiled for the amera!
Baumgardner Carriage House
Taneytown -- probably one of the most mispronounced town names in Maryland -- is located in Carroll County.  Founded in 1754 when one of the area’s first land grants took place, it was named after Raphael Taney, who designed the layout.  The town name is pronounced "Tawney-town," like a golden brown color.

My friend Gary met me in town at the police station, and we first walked to the old Purina mill nearby.  It was thoroughly abandoned, with lots of great rust and decay -- stuff I just love to photograph.  We left the mill and walked to the end of town where the Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel is located.  We decided that place was just too big and too beautiful to include in this walk, so it will be the scene of another.
Reindollar Bay Window

Abandoned Mill
We walked along Baltimore Street, where we stopped into City Hall, which is located in the old fire station building.  There we met Nancy McCormick, the director of economic development, who showed us around the building, telling us stories about the town and its history.  She was extremely proud of the recent refurbishing that Taneytown has undergone, getting new sidewalks and streetlights as part of a streetscape grant.  This walker, who has tripped and fallen on her photo walks, most notably in New Windsor, appreciated the easy walking in Taneytown.

All Point to Heaven
Nancy told us that in Taneytown's heyday, the town "square" had major department stores where patrons from Baltimore, Washington, Frederick, and other towns and cities would come to shop.  The town had hotels and taverns and a number of churches.  During the Civil War, it was used as a staging area for troops waiting to be sent to Gettysburg.  She also told us that Francis Scott Key's family home was at Terra Rubra, near Taneytown.  That will be the scene for another walk.

Wall Mural
Gary and I left our visit with Nancy with renewed interest in the buildings she had pointed out, and we continued down Baltimore to find the Lutheran Church and the Church of Christ.  From there we went to the Catholic Church, then back up to the town square (which is really just the major intersection of Rt. 194 and Rt. 140). On the square we found the Old Stone Hotel and the Eckenrode Building, one of the tallest buildings in town.

Old Stone Hotel
There's a lot more to Taneytown than meets the eye.  I think I'll have to do another walk there on another day, being sure to focus on the Antrim.


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  1. walk every day
  2. the walk must be in addition to any other planned activity for the day
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