Cooksville, Maryland

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Cooksville is an unincorporated community in Howard County, Maryland, United States.[1] As of 2016, the population was 631. The town was founded by Thomas Cook in 1802.[2] The crossroads town was anchored by the Joshua Roberts Tavern, where General Lafayette visited in 1824. The inn was destroyed by fire, rebuilt, and demolished a second time.[3] Thomas Cook exchanged his stake in Cooksville with Thomas Beale Dorsey for the 231-acre Round About Hills slave plantation. A Post Office opened on the 4th of July 1851, the same year Howard County was formed from a portion of Anne Arundel County.[4] Roberts Inn was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[5]

On June 29, 1863, J. E. B. Stuart marched 5000 confederate soldiers through Cooksville en route to Westminster.[6]

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  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cooksville (Populated Place)
  2. ^ Seeking Freedom The History of the Underground Railroad in Howard County. p. 54.
  3. ^ Barbara Feaga. Howard's Roads to the Past. p. 42.
  4. ^ "Checklist of Maryland Post Offices" (PDF). Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  6. ^ Earl Arnett; Robert J. Brugger; Edward C. Papenfuse. Maryland: A New Guide to the Old Line State. p. 426.

Coordinates: 39°19′12″N 77°01′14″W / 39.32000°N 77.02056°W / 39.32000; -77.02056