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History of a Small Town

History of a Small Town

"There's nothing like Rohrersville."
Rohrersville is a beautiful piece of land that extends farther south than any other region in Washington County. Rohrersville, established in 1836, is located midway between Brunswick and Halfway. South Mountain stretches along its eastern border while Sharpsburg separates the western side from the Potomac River. Elk Ridge Mountain distends from Rohrersville to the extreme southwestern portion. Keedysville lies to the west and north of this small village, while Boonsboro lies in the north.
The Washington County branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad runs through Rohrersville from the north to the south.
The valley that Elk Ridge Mountain and South Mountain enclose is a beautiful spot called Pleasant Valley. It is one of the most picturesque sections of the state of Maryland. The land is rich and the country is thickly settled. Towns and villages dot the valley from end to end, and well-cared-for farmhouses meet the eye in every direction.
This small town in Maryland was named after David Rohrer who lived about four hundred yards east of the town where his saw mill now stands.
The first church in Rohrersville's neighborhood was built of logs during 1800, a half mile on the Harper's Ferry road. This church was a free church for all denominations and was torn down around 1867.
George Kefaufer, a son-in-law of David's father, Frederick Rohrer, erected the first house built.
Frederick Rohrer had experienced many remarkable events during his life. He was a native of France, born July 28, 1742, who immigrated to America around 1763.
After marrying Catharine Deemer in York County, Pennsylvania in 1766, the newlywed couple moved to Hagerstown. During that same year, he visited the western United States, meeting a few Indian tribes, and trading cattle for a tract of land in the Ligonier Valley. With his family still in Hagerstown [1767], Frederick took the first wheat over the mountains. He cultivated it with other grain on his farm in the valley and prepared for his family, who had since moved there during the fall of 1768. Rohrer was the first to discover immense springs of salt water on the tract of land on the Conemaugh River. He boiled the first salt in an earthen pot and traded it with the Indians-the only inhabitants of Westmoreland County at the time.
Because the Indians hostile behavior was too much for Rohrer and his family, he moved them back to Hagerstown in 1771. They stayed in Hagerstown until 1793 when he moved to Greensburg, Pennsylvania where he remained until his death on September 21, 1823. At the time of his death, this 81-year-old had nine children, forty-two grandchildren, and seventeen great-grandchildren.


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