Frostburg, Maryland: America's Oldest Road Sign

Known as Braddock's Rock, the one-ton stone was engraved with distances and directions in the mid-1700s by the British. Now preserved in a fancy outdoor glass-enclosed case.
50 E. Main St., Frostburg, MD
In a glass-enclosed case in front of St. Michaels Parochial School. I-68 exit 34. Drive north on MD-36 one mile. Turn left at stoplight onto US Hwy 40 ALT/E. Main St. Drive west one mile into downtown. As you pass Uhl St. you'll see some red brick church buildings on the right. The road sign, set back from the street against one of the buildings.
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America's Oldest Road Sign: In the 1750s a British General, Edward Braddock, marched 2,000 troops through the Allegheny Mountains toward what is now Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Along the way a 2000-pound rock was set up near Frostburg, Maryland, engraved with distances and directions to places such as Captain Smyth's Inn and Redstone Old Fort. [08/31/2008] Complete Story...

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It is enclosed in a little shrine, so it can be easy to walk past. Combine the trip with a coffee stop at the shop right next door and it really makes the trip worthwhile.

[Melissa J, 04/02/2019]

America's Oldest Road Sign.

America's Oldest Road Sign

The Oldest Road Sign display moved to the museum's new location, 50 E. Main Street, in front of the St. Michael's Parochial School.

[Marty, 07/14/2018]

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