We can call attention to the house where Meshach Frost died, or the British ambassador lived in the summer of 1857, or where Adam Hitchins took up residence after the Civil War, but those gentlemen were only locally famous, and all of the houses have been drastically remodeled.
Another claim to historic importance might be an event that took place at a certain site. The farmhouse where Lee surrendered to General Grant, for instance, is considered historic. Here in Frostburg we might claim that Old Main, the college building that was built only because coal miners provided funds for the land on which it was erected, has a unique place in local history. The plaque on the front of the building, put on in conjunction with the bicentennial in 1976, ignores that connection.
Few, if any, of the buildings in Frostburg's Historic District meet the standards for tax or grant benefits, but the town itself has historic importance.
Frostburg developed as a staging stop on the National Road, which became Main Street, still maintaining the 66-foot right-of-way that was surveyed in 1806.
In spite of the development of shopping malls, our Main Street is still the center of town activity - Farmers' Market, parades and meeting place. A series of church buildings remind us that Frostburg had a reputation for more churches (and more saloons) than any other town of its size.
Our Main Street is lined with houses built by families who prospered in coal and timber, real estate and merchandising, and three big buildings dominate the south side of the street - the Nickel building, where fine furniture was made; Paul's Hall, where John Ford brought the best of theatrical entertainment; and the Gunter Hotel, reflecting hospitality at its best. They symbolize the quality of life and the diversity to be found in Frostburg.