Cumberland Times-News

Betty Van NewKirk - From the Museum

February 21, 2008

Families of Frost Mansion have left their mark

The big house on Frost Avenue is a familiar landmark in Frostburg, still called the Frost Mansion although it is more than a hundred years since the Frost family moved out of it.

When Meshach and Catherine Frost were first married, they lived in a frame house overlooking the National Road. When stagecoach travel began, the Frosts rented their house to the Stockton Stagecoach Company, which adapted it for a staging tavern and called it Highland Hall.

The Frosts moved to a farmhouse somewhere in the vicinity of the FSU lower campus where the Braddock Road still provided access for settlers and freight intended for the Ohio Valley. The Frost children grew up in that house, and Meshach was identified in the Census Rolls as a farmer.

By the time Meshach and Catherine took up residence in what we know as the mansion, they had been married for 35 years, the children were grown, and Mr. Frost had become a "gentleman,'' living comfortably on the income from sale of timber and coal and real estate. The new house, built of local brick, provided status, not additional room for a growing family.

After Meshach's death in 1863, Catherine continued to live in the mansion, but none of the children wanted to take over the house when she died in 1876.

Nathan, the son who served as Frostburg's first mayor, was executor of his father's estate, trying to find someone who would buy or rent the mansion. The Mining Journal reported families moving in and moving out after a few months. In the summer of 1879 a Mr. C. B. Wack announced that rooms would be available for summer visitors.

Apparently Mr. Wack's hotel was not successful, but it gave Nathan Frost the inspiration to do the job properly. In the summer of 1883 he had a mansard roof added to the house, providing space for six more bedrooms.

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