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BARRELVILLE, MD

Barrelville is located north of Frostburg, just a short distance from the Maryland - Pennsylvania state line (aka Mason-Dixon Line). Coal mining at this location dates back Samuel Barrell's mines in the 1840's. These small operations evolved into the Barrellville Mining Co., and also the Parker Vein Coal Co. (Somewhere along the way one of the "L's" has been dropped from Barrelville.) By the early 20th Century the Cumberland Basin Coal Co. had the Bond Mine and Parker Mine near Barrelville, as did the McMullen Brothers with their Partridge Mine. It is unclear whether or not these last two companies owned any of the Barrelville company housing, which may have even been sold to individuals by then.


Most former mining towns in the Georges Creek Coalfield have lost much of their historical integrity, but this row of company houses at Barrelville looks just like a typical Appalachian coal company town. (July 2003 image by author)


Other styles of company housing at Barrelville. The different styles of houses in the town may have been built at different times by different coal companies. (Jan. 1982 image by David Dorsey, Maryland State Archives)


Possibly the mine superintendent's house. (Jan. 1982 image by David Dorsey, Maryland State Archives)

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