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Historic Site

The Dingle

Buckingham Road
Cumberland, MD 21502

In 1913 a private community was established west of Cumberland, Maryland. Located immediately south of Braddock's Road, The Dingle possesses a dubous honor as America's first gated community. The community excluded African-Americans and Jews from not only living there, but they were even barred from entering. The community was built on unannexed land outside of the Cumberland city government.

The Dingle gets its name from an estate near Liverpool, England. The word dingle means a hollow or valley.

The development of The Dingle was one of the reasons that John Kennedy Lacock embarked on his site documemntation of Braddock's Road. He feared the encroaching development here and elsewhere would evenutally lead to the eradication of the remnants of the historic pathway.

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Entrance to The Dingle
Entrance to The Dingle.

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