Framing the Dialogue

Secrets of Garrett County

I’ve been traveling to Garret County in the heart of Western Maryland for over three decades as that’s where my wife grew up in the county seat of Oakland.  Perhaps best known for summer fun at Deep Creek Lake and winter skiing at the Wisp Resort, author James Rada, Jr. rewards us with a different perspective in the Secrets of Garrett County.  This area is fairly close to Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Washington so there are a lot of weekenders.  About 15 years ago the development around the lake has skyrocketed and the lake is not as peaceful as it used to be.  One of the more interesting stories was when Albert Einstein spent a couple of weeks at Deep Creek lake for some rest and relaxation.  I had heard this story from my father-in-law and he actually met the famed mathematician in a local hardware store that he owned with his family.

It was interesting to read some of the secrets, even those that I had heard before as this book provided some missing detail from some of the verbal history I had learned.  I am interested in exploring some of the ghost towns in the area.  There is no suggestion that these old towns are haunted, but just abandoned when the local industry dried up…mostly mining towns.

I am not sure how interesting this would be to anyone outside or not connected to Garrett County, but I found it entertaining.

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