The History of Comus


Comus, Maryland, is located at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain in upper Montgomery County, and is bordered by Barnesville, Hyattstown and the Frederick County line. Surrounding areas, such as Thurston, Thompson’s Corner and Peachtree are also included in this book. The village has not always been called Comus; it has been called Nichols Crossroads, Nicholsonville and Johnsonville. Explorers Martin Chartier and Louis Michel charted the area in 1711 and soon after settlers were attracted. The author takes the reader on a tour of the history of this picturesque area. There are chapters on the schools and the many residences and buildings of the area, including the James Pearre house, the William Thompson farm, the Nicholson-Maxwell house, the general store, the Hershey farm, the Cecil farm, the McElfresh house, Mountain Chapel and cemetery, as well as many others. Also included is the popular Comus Inn, which was the author’s great-great grandfather's home; if you haven't dined there you are missing a treat! Many photos, some more than one hundred years old, add a delightful touch to this book. A map of Comus is included, as well as a bibliography and a fullname plus subject index. This is the second book in a series of four on rural villages which surround the base of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Dona L. Cuttler

(1999), 2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 98 pp.

ISBN: 9780788411151