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Spook Hill
Burkittsville, Maryland
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Spook Hill is located just outside of Burkittsville, Maryland. From Harpers Ferry, take Route 340 toward Frederick, Maryland, and at the third exit over the Maryland bridge, take the exit clearly marked. Turn left off the exit ramp and drive six miles to Burkittsville. At the square in Burkittsville, turn left again, and drive half a mile to the town limits. You will see a barn on the left. Slowly drive up the hill where, at the top, you will see several historical markers on either side of the road.

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WARNING. You are on a public road! Obey all traffic signs and rules. Where there are hills there are blind spots. Always bring someone to watch for other traffic. Never try the hill when the road is wet and slippery or during inclement winter weather conditions.
With caution, position your car at a "
bottom" of the hill and put your car in neutral. Take your foot off the brake and you will experience the thrill of your car not only climbing the hill by itself, but gaining speed as it goes. Look out for other traffic.

After trying this natural phenomenon you may question it's causes. Well, we don't want to disappoint you, but whether it is called a Magnetic Hill, Gravity Hill, Mystery Hill or Electric Brae it is an optical illusion. It has nothing to do with magnetic fields, electricity or unknown forces working along mysterious lines.

Area Information
Founded in 1824 as "Harley's Post Office", the village of Burkittsville retains much of its 19th Century Appearance with structures ranging from small log homes to more stately turn-of-the-century Victorians. The town's close ties with the surrounding agricultural community and its significance as a key Civil War battlefield site have gained national recognition through placement on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and by its designation as an official Maryland Rural Historic Village. The quiet rural Burkittsville of today stands in sharp contrast to that of the September Sunday in 1862 when horses, men, cannons, and rifled muskets burst onto Main Street and into the fields adjacent to the village. The Union and Confederate armies of McClellan and Lee met here in the pivotal battle, of the pivotal campaign, of the most pivotal war on American soil.
Nearly 30,000 Union and Confederate troops passed through town during the 1862 Maryland Campaign and another 100,000 during the campaigns of 1863 and 1864, marching to and from Crampton's Gap in South Mountain. During the Battle for Crampton's Gap its houses were shelled, used for cover, and were finally converted to field hospitals by surgeons of the victorious Union Sixth Army Corps. Most of its wartime homes are still standing and appear much as they did in 1862, offering a virtually untouched wartime townscape and adjoining farm fields.

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Area Information For further information, please contact
Mayor and Council, P.O. Box 485, Burkittsville, MD 21718
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