Cresaptown, Maryland

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Cresaptown, Maryland
Census-designated place
Cresaptown is located in Maryland
Location within the State of Maryland
Coordinates: 39°35′34″N 78°50′0″W / 39.59278°N 78.83333°W / 39.59278; -78.83333Coordinates: 39°35′34″N 78°50′0″W / 39.59278°N 78.83333°W / 39.59278; -78.83333
Country  United States
State  Maryland
County Allegany
 • Total 6.1 sq mi (15.9 km2)
 • Land 6.1 sq mi (15.8 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 775 ft (236 m)
Population (2010)
(Census revision, Feb. 24, 2012)
 • Total 6,247
 • Density 1,021/sq mi (394.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 21502
Area code(s) 301 and 240
FIPS code 24-20525
GNIS feature ID 2633177

Cresaptown is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located in Allegany County, Maryland, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 6,247.[1] Prior to 2010 it was part of the Cresaptown-Bel Air CDP. Cresaptown's post office was established December 22, 1800. Cresaptown is 6 miles (10 km) southwest of Cumberland, Maryland.


Prior to 1728, Cresaptown was the site of a Shawnee village along the Potomac River. The inhabitants of this region were a portion of the Shawanese tribe, a sub-division of the Algonquian group, one of the most warlike combinations of that period. The warriors engaged in hunting and fishing for food and furs, while their families were left at home to tend the maize and grass that grew in the rich soil of the Potomac valley. The maize was ground into corn meal and made into Shawnee cake, a popular diet of the Shawnees living in the valley.[2]

The Shawanees in the valley lived in shelters composed of two forked posts that were driven into the ground, and on these was laid a ridge pole. Small saplings, cut to a length of about 8 feet (2.4 m), were laid against the pole, one end resting on the ground, forming a shelter similar to a V-shaped tent. This was covered with bark and skins and made tight enough to protect against rain or snow. The floors were spread with furs, which made sure for seats or beds.[2]

Cresaptown was named for the family of Daniel Cresap, early settlers.[3]


The North Branch Correctional Institution, a supermax prison facility, is located in Cresaptown.

The 372nd Military Police Company, known for participating in Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse, is based here.

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  1. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Cresaptown CDP, Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved May 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b William Harrison Lowdermilk, History of Cumberland, Md, Harvard University, 1878, page 19-20
  3. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1940). Maryland, a Guide to the Old Line State. WPA. p. 517. ISBN 978-1-62376-019-9.