Nov 14 2012

When I was a child in 1950s, DisneyLand was a continent away in California and Florida’s DisneyWorld wouldn’t be built until the early 1970s.

We were unconcerned, however, because in Maryland, we had Sugarloaf Mountain, a magic kingdom in and of itself. The mere mention, when I was a child, was an elixir for happiness and untold adventure

Sugarloaf is on the left.

Sugarloaf Mountain is located almost halfway between Washington, D.C. and Frederick, Maryland. As we call it, Sugarloaf is rounded and old, not sharp like those young upstart mountains in the American west, the Rockies.

Looking east toward where the first photo was shot

Sugarloaf Mountain was a favorite spot for picnics and family outings, my Brownie and Girl Scout meetings and later, in college, a great place to go when spring fever hit.

The blue haze is Virginia across the Potomas River.

If unfamiliar with the State of Maryland, one might not know that Maryland has mountain ranges, as stated in, “Mountain Getaways in Maryland,” which offers:
Not often thought of as a mountainous state, Maryland has more than 60 mountain ranges and hills in its western end where it borders West Virginia and Pennsylvania. This area is steeped in history; the first battle between the Union and the Confederacy took place on Sugarloaf Mountain in September, 1862, according to Maryland State Archives.

Read more: Mountain Getaways in Maryland | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_7813416_mountain-getaways-maryland.html#ixzz2CM81vMEV

Not often thought of as a mountainous state, Maryland has more than 60 mountain ranges and hills in its western end where it borders West Virginia and Pennsylvania. This area is steeped in history; the first battle between the Union and the Confederacy took place on Sugarloaf Mountain in September, 1862, according to Maryland State Archives.

Read more: Mountain Getaways in Maryland | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_7813416_mountain-getaways-maryland.html#ixzz2CM81vMEV

Not often thought of as a mountainous state, Maryland has more than 60 mountain ranges and hills in its western end where it borders West Virginia and Pennsylvania. This area is steeped in history; the first battle between the Union and the Confederacy took place on Sugarloaf Mountain in September, 1862, according to Maryland State Archives.

Read more: Mountain Getaways in Maryland | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_7813416_mountain-getaways-maryland.html#ixzz2CM81vMEV

Read more: Mountain Getaways in Maryland | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_7813416_mountain-getaways-maryland.html#ixzz2CM81vMEV

 “Maryland has more than 60 mountain ranges and hills in its western end where it borders West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  This area is steeped in history; the first battle between the Union and Confederacy in Maryland took place on Sugarloaf Mountain in September, 1862.”

For a fascinating brochure on Maryland in the Civil War, click here.

The architecture is Mid-Atlantic Colonial.

In the 1950s, Sugarloaf was beautifully groomed with flowers, and shrubs, Victorian vistas and fancies such as curved benches and rows of trees with expanses of manicured lawns with garden statuary.

The lake at the bottom of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Now many things remain, but with Sugarloaf being “loved to death” by summer crowds, it’s not quite as regal as it once was. The area is still grand, though, and towering over any other attraction in the center of Maryland.

I hope someday you will visit Sugarloaf Mountain. Give me a call and we’ll have lunch, then some tea in the afternoon.

For more information, click here. For hiking and trails, click here.

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