A vigorous and growing community such as ours must preserve its historic heritage and pass it on to succeeding generations. This heritage tells the story of the growth of Thurmont (now over 216 years old), its trials, its accomplishments, and goals. It provides the key to understanding the present and planning wisely for the future. How well we safeguard and interpret this priceless legacy will determine the kind of community we shall have tomorrow.
In the writing of books there are many motives. Some are writ-ten only to entertain, some to inform, some to educate, and still others to persuade. This volume is written for the purpose of pre-serving important and historic data for future generations.
"Gateway To The Mountains" is not offered as a serious historical work, though the author has striven for accuracy as to the names and dates occurring in the descriptions herein. The author's intent has been to gather the more important happenings, events, and characters of this community; put them into brief readable form and to add a number of illustrations and photographs so as to fix their locality and help to impress them on the memory.