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Hamilton's Tavern (site)

Formerly/Also Known As Pratt's Hollow, McGruder's Tavern

National Pike
Green Ridge, MD 21530

From Searight's The Old Pike (1894):

Trudging onward, two miles further to the westward, the old wagoner, and many a weary traveler, found a pleasant resting place at 'Pratt's Hollow,' where Samuel Hamilton kept a cozy old tavern. It was a frame house, on the north side of the road. Hamilton was a planter as well as tavern keeper, and raised tobacco and owned and worked negro slaves. Levi McGruder succeeded Hamilton as the keeper of this house. This locality derived its name from Pratt, who owned the property at an early day, and, upon authority of the veteran David Mahaney, kept the first tavern there. It was near Pratt's Hollow that the Cotrells, father and two sons, murdered a peddler in 1822, the perpetrators of which crime were all hung from the same scaffold in Frederic [sic]. The old tavern at Pratt's Hollow was destroyed by fire many years ago, and was never rebuilt.

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