Eakles Mills, Maryland

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Eakles Mills, Maryland
Eakles Mills, Maryland is located in Maryland
Eakles Mills, Maryland
Eakles Mills, Maryland
Eakles Mills, Maryland is located in the United States
Eakles Mills, Maryland
Eakles Mills, Maryland
Coordinates: 39°28′05″N 77°41′05″W / 39.46806°N 77.68472°W / 39.46806; -77.68472Coordinates: 39°28′05″N 77°41′05″W / 39.46806°N 77.68472°W / 39.46806; -77.68472
CountryUnited States
StateMaryland
CountyWashington
Area
 • Total0.085 sq mi (0.22 km2)
 • Land0.085 sq mi (0.22 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
430 ft (130 m)
Population
 • Total27
 • Density320/sq mi (120/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)240 & 301
GNIS feature ID590121[2]

Eakles Mills (also known as Eakles Mill) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Washington County, Maryland, United States.[2] Its population was 27 as of the 2010 census.[1] Snively Farm was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[3]

History[edit]

Located in southeastern Washington County Maryland, Eakle’s Mill is a remnant of a typical 19th century rural farm community.  Originally surrounded by farms and orchards, which provided abundant jobs during the manual labor era prior to mechanization, Eakle’s Mill as other similar sites, became a thriving village.  Originating on the lands of Conrad Snivley and Andrew Putman who arrived in the area during the influx of (mostly) German immigrants in the 1760’s, the community is on the road originally leading from Pleasant Valley and Crampton’s Gap. Putman purchased a property named “Partnership”[4] from Josiah Chapline, who was disposing of the lands of his late father Moses Chapline who was the original settler in the 1740’s.[5] Putman added to his lands, which after his death were bought by son in-law Christian Wyandt.[4]  The village gained prominence in the 1870’s with the construction of the Hagerstown branch of the B&O Railroad.  Jeremiah Snyder founded a Sunday school in the schoolhouse in 1877, which spawned the Eakle’s Mill United Brethren Church in 1887.[4] Located some distance behind the (abandoned) church and not associated with it is the Keedy family graveyard.  Several generations of this locally prominent family including patriarch Johann Heinrich Gueding are buried in the cemetery.[6]  Early AME Church circuit riding minister Thomas Henry used the Jacob Snivley farm at Eakle’s Mill as his base of operations for several years during the 1850’s and speaks highly of Mr. & Mrs Snivley’s hospitality towards him.[7] The United Brethren in Christ, of which the Snivley’s were members, was the overwhelmingly dominant religion locally. A sect that was philosophically opposed to slavery and so, is thought to be a contributing factor enabling the sizable free African American population living in the surrounding area decades prior to the civil war.   Once home to a mill, store, school and church, no public entities remain in the village.  The railroad ceased operation in the 1970’s.  

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the community has an area of 0.085 square miles (0.22 km2), all of it land.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "2010 Census Gazetteer Files - Places: Maryland". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Eakles Mills". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ a b c Wyand, E. Clayton (1909). History of Andrew Putman, Christian Wyandt and Adam Snyder Families of Washington County, Maryland. Hagerstown Bookbinding & Printing.
  5. ^ Dare, Maria L. (1902). Chaplines from Maryland and Virginia.
  6. ^ "Keedy Cemetery". Finda a grave.
  7. ^ Henry, Thomas W. (1872). Autobiography of Rev. Thomas W. Henry of the A.M.E. Church.