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Concern over misinformation about Beeline March

By Staff | Mar 6, 2020

This afternoon I took a folder with information about the Morgan’s Grove Historic District to our local library. The folder will be available for anyone to read.

I was prompted by yet another news release from the Shepherdstown Community Club, again stating that the 1775 Beeline March started in the park. It did not.

This is not the first time the club has made this claim. Maybe the club board does not know the difference between Morgan’s Grove Park and Morgan Springs. Or, maybe they think if they keep repeating this incorrect information that it will become true.

But in fairness to the board, who may be made up of a lot of newcomers, I thought to put together some articles that pertain to the historic district, and mailed 12 folders of the information to the club secretary this morning.

Morgan’s Grove Historic District covers about 200 acres; Morgan’s Grove Park is in the western area, along SR 480. Morgan Springs is the heart of the district, dissected by the railroad.

By necessity, the information in the folders is somewhat abbreviated; for instance, I could not xerox the whole story, “My Ride to the Barbecue,” written and illustrated by Alexander Boteler around 1860, but I wanted to show the exquisite pen and ink drawings that show the spring house in relation to Morgan’s 1734 “Old Stone House,” the “minic lake,” etc.

Subjects referenced in the folders are:

“The Morgan’s Grove Fair,” Jefferson County Historical Society, Vol. XVII, Dec. 1951

“My Ride to the Barbecue, JCHS, Vol. XXXIX, Dec 1973

“The Old Stone House at Morgan Springs,” JCHS, Vol. XLI, Dec 1975

“Shepherdstown and the Morgan-Stephenson Companies,” Lt. Col Joseph Whitehorne, JCHS, Volume LVIII, 1992 (the preface to his article talks about the damages to Morgan Spring caused by its owner, the Conservation Fund).

“Falling Spring, Morgan’s Grove/Falling Spring Complex,” National Register of Historic Places, 1988

“Morgan’s Grove Historic District,” National Register of Historic Places, 1998.

A video made by a descendant of the Bedingers, “A Boy of the American Revolution” is also worth watching on YouTube.

As I have stated before, it is wonderful that the 1775 Beeline March is becoming known around here, but the history has to be accurate.

Diana Suttenfield, of Shepherdstown