Sabillasville on the Western Maryland Railroad by E.M. Recher

This has been an exciting month for collecting. A huge collection of local images were bought at auction recently and then were sold on eBay. I managed to win the bulk of them and just yesterday started to try and figure out where they were taken.

A very exciting one is this image of Sabillasville, a small town tucked in South Mountain. The Western Maryland Railroad reached that town in 1871, one year before it rounded the mountain and reached Hagerstown. 

I went out there yesterday and found this spot with my son Henry, but as soon as we got there henry fell asleep and we went home. I went back today with Hagerstown historian Jeff Brown, and we walked about six miles on the tracks, finally concluding that the first spot I found is the correct one.

I will be going into some detail about our discoveries, but here is a then and now of the spot.