History of Barrelville, Maryland

This is an index to pages that relate to the history of Barrelville, Maryland. The town was built along the old Turkey Foot Road at the intersection with a road from Wellersburg PA that was surveyed in 1804. Much of the town is located on property that settler Robert Parker was located on in 1787; lot 3350 on the Veatch map of Deakin's Survey of lots west of Fort Cumberland. This page will be added to over time, so check back occasionally, and hit your refresh button.

Barrelville is a former mining town that was also known as "Barrallville", and has had a few different companies involved since its beginnings. Many of the houses in Barrelville are similar because they were built by the mining companies. The Barrelville Mining company was incorporated in 1844. Mike McKenzie reports that people around there believe that the town got its name because barrels were manufactured there, but his research suggests that the town was actually named after Samuel B. Barrell, who, with others, founded the Barrelville Mining Company. An 1874 map shows that Barrall bought up a lot of local property.

The old Barrelville ticket office/train station was moved from its location in Barrelville, and sat for years at the location where “Mutt” Witt eventually built the brick store/gas station in Wellersburg, according to Mutt’s son Richard Witt.

Barrelville-related pages, by date:

  • A modern plat map overlaid on the 1787 Veatch map of Deakin's Survey (4336KB pdf)
  • An 1816 pamphlet published in Boston that relates to a Samuel B. Barrell (2.34MB PDF)
  • 1840 document proving Samuel B. Barrell was from Boston
  • 1842 Mount Savage Iron Works Map
  • Cursive 1842 Barrelville Area Map
  • 1843 Barrelville coal mining activity mentioned in 1882 article
  • Pages 360, 367, and 368 of the book “Laws Made and Passed by the General Assembly of the State of Maryland” reference the 1843 incorporation of the Barrelville Mining company (third-party website)
  • 1844 Barrellville Mining Company Incorporation
  • Wellersburg & Jennings Run Railroad, incorporated 1850, which joined another railroad at Barrelville.
  • 1852 Barrelville Railroad & Mine Article
  • Circa 1854 Barrelville coke oven
  • Click here to read an 1857 article from volume 8 of the “Mining Magazine”, which mentions actual and potential business activities near Barrelville.
  • 1854 Explosion of the Parker Vein Company
  • 1856 article on the Ward Iron and Coal Company
  • 1874 map of Barrelville area showing railroads and military lots
  • 1875 Allegany County Maryland map, annotated in Barrelville area
  • 1898 topographical map of the Barrelville area
  • Helbig Mine Road above Barrelville MD, 1936
  • Cumberland & Pennsylvania Railroad system, 1938
  • Click here to see a very large (2530 KB) annotated 1939 aerial photo of the area below Wellersburg, PA, including Barrelville, Maryland. You will have to zoom in to see detail.
  • Click here to see a photo of Barrelville from the February 5, 1921 issue of the "Black Diamond". (Image provided to Korns.org by Mike McKenzie.)

    Barrelville-related pages, undated:

  • Article “Bits, pieces about Barrell and Barrelville tantalizing “ (third-party website)
  • Porter/Huff Cemetery, Allegany County, MD
  • Barrellville Post Office & Star Trading
  • Undated Bond Mine map showing the town of Barrelville
  • Entrepreneur Woody Norris, who was born in Barrelville (third-party website)
  • The Old Toll Gate general store
  • Click here to see an undated map on a third-party website that shows the Parker mine layout and the Bond mine entrance.
  • Saint Ingatius Church Cemetery
  • Greenbriar limestone formation 1.25 miles east of Barrelville
  • Bluebaugh mine opening near Barrelville
  • Early postcard of Barrelville, looking south along main street
  • Early Barrelville-area railroad photos
  • Death Rock
  • Remains of the old Bridge
  • Early Barrelville-area millstone production tradition
  • The town of Pamosa

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